West Bengal: Viral Video Shows Unclaimed Dead Bodies Being Disposed Off; Civic Body Says No Link With COVID-19

A viral video from Kolkata showing some decomposed bodies being dragged into the van is being circulated on social media platforms.

Neel Raju Nalawade

June 12, 2020



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A viral video from Kolkata showing some decomposed bodies being dragged into a van is doing the rounds on various social media platforms. When asked about the same, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Murlidhar Sharma told ANI that the Health Department has informed us that bodies were basically unidentified and unclaimed. As per hospital protocol, such bodies are sent for cremation after a period of 15 days if no claimant comes forward. “Anguished at disposal of dead bodies with such heartless indescribable insensitivity. Not sharing videos due to sensitivity. Have sought an urgent update. In our society, the dead body is accorded highest respect–rituals are performed as per tradition,” West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar tweeted.

On the other hand, Kolkata Municipal Corporation administrator and former Mayor Firhad Hakim stated that it cannot be bodies of COVID-19 patients as dead bodies of Coronavirus patients are burnt at a specific burning ground at Dhapa. In the meantime, the BJP state president has demanded resignation from the KMC administration and asked them to produce records of the dead bodies and proof that they are not of COVID-19 patients.

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