The physique of a coronavirus affected person, a 72-year-old man, in Andhra Pradesh was shifted to the crematorium from his home in an earthmover, inflicting uproar from political leaders belonging to the Opposition within the state.
Two officers have been suspended after the incident got here to gentle.
A former municipality worker, who had examined constructive for COVID-19 throughout a door-to-door well being survey, died at his home in Palasa city of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh.
A video reveals the physique being transported from his home to the crematorium in a JCB machine, by officers carrying private protecting gear. The physique could be seen positioned within the entrance a part of the machine.
The person had died at dwelling and when neighbours raised issues in regards to the physique being a danger to the neighbourhood, his granddaughter, a authorities volunteer, known as the municipal authorities and the physique was shifted.
In Udayapuram space of #Palasa#Srikakulam#AP, physique of 72-yr-old man who had examined constructive for #COVID19 throughout house-to-house survey & died at dwelling, was shifted to crematorium in #JCB machine; after uproar, municipal commissioner & sanitary inspector suspended @email@example.com/DbMPCIKRqL
— Uma Sudhir (@umasudhir) June 27, 2020
On studying in regards to the incident, the chief minister’s workplace known as the dealing with of the incident “an inhumane act” and mentioned obligatory protocols for shifting the sufferer weren’t adopted.
Andhra Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy condemned the incident and mentioned strict motion will likely be taken in opposition to these accountable. “It’s inhuman and protocols have already been clarified on how one can take care of such circumstances,” the Chief Minister’s Workplace mentioned.
The Andhra Pradesh authorities has ordered a probe. Srikakulam district collector J Nivas ordered suspension of Palasa municipal commissioner Nagendra Kumar and sanitary inspector N Rajiv.
Telugu Desam Get together chief and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu additionally condemned the incident and tweeted: “Totally shocked to see the useless our bodies of coronavirus victims wrapped in plastic and transported on JCBs and tractors. They deserve respect and dignity even in demise. Disgrace on YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s authorities for this inhumane therapy.”
In the same incident on June 24 in the identical district, a lady who died of COVID-19 was taken to the crematorium on a tractor in Sompeta city.
For the reason that outbreak of coronavirus, many incidents have been reported from completely different states of India the place correct process was not adopted whereas dealing with our bodies of sufferers.
India’s whole of coronavirus circumstances has crossed the 5 lakh mark after the nation reported its highest single-day spike of over 17,000 circumstances on Friday. The general demise rely climbed to 15,301 with 407 new fatalities.