Lucknow: In a shocking incident, municipal employees, surrounded by police personnel, dumped the body of a dead man into a garbage van and taken the body away from the spot in Balrampur district of Uttar Pradesh.
This shameful incident has happened in India which has always been boastful of its age-old culture and civilization. And, that too, in Uttar Pradesh where a religious head, Yogi Adityanath, is the supremo of the state.
Three policemen and four municipal employees were suspended after a video of the incident went viral on social media on Thursday.
The clip shows four municipal employees dumping the body of the man into the van while three policemen stand nearby. In another clip, an ambulance is seen near the dead body. While locals said those in the ambulance allegedly refused to touch the body over fear of contracting the coronavirus infection, they took samples from the deceased for testing before leaving.
The deceased was identified as Mohd Anwar from Sahjaura village who had collapsed and died outside a government office on Wednesday.
Describing the incident as "inhuman", Balrampur Superintendent of Police Dev Ranjan Verma said a team from the municipality and another from the police was sent to the spot as soon as the news of the death was received.
"The body of the deceased was put inside a garbage van, this is not acceptable," he said. "Policemen and Nagar Palika employees on the spot did not even wear PPE kits given the fact that the deceased could be coronavirus suspect."
Verma said an inquiry has been ordered and strict action will be taken against those found guilty.
The Balrampur police said one sub-inspector and two constables are among the police personnel suspended with immediate effect.
(Inputs from News Agencies)
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