Bodies of 71 suspected Covid-19 victims recovered from Ganga


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Bodies of 71 suspected Covid-19 victims recovered from Ganga

Bodies of 71 suspected Covid-19 victims, which were found floating in the Ganga at Chausa in Buxar district of Bihar on Monday, were retrieved and some of them were disposed of by the district administration by Tuesday morning. Samples of some bodies have been preserved for further tests.

 

“We retrieved 71 bodies. Some of them have been disposed of, while the process for others is underway. Samples of some bodies too have been preserved for further tests,” Buxar Superintendent of Police Neeraj Kumar Singh told The Hindu over phone. “Post-mortem of bodies was done at the ghat itself as they were highly decomposed,” he added.

Ram Ashray Yadav who sells pyre wood for funeral at the Mahadeo ghat (bank) at Chausa, said, “Most of the bodies were buried in a large pit dug by a JCB machine on the bank of the river.”

The district officials had said the bodies might have floated in from adjoining districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh such as Varanasi and Allahabad. “The bodies are bloated. They seem to have been in the water for at least 5-7 days. Their origin needs to be investigated. They could be from Varanasi or Allahabad of U.P.”, a senior official of the district said. Videos of bloated bodies had also gone viral on social media, sparking an outrage and shock among villagers.Chausa is about 10 km downstream from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

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