Shrouds removed from bodies on Ganga ghats in U.P.

Prayagraj district administration orders probe

The Prayagraj district administration has ordered a probe into the removal of shrouds from the bodies buried in the sand on the ghats of the Ganga, days after it was reported that the bodies could be of suspected COVID-19 victims.

A two-member committee of ADM (administration) and ASP (Gangapur) Prayagraj would probe the matter.

In a joint statement, DM Bhanu Chandra Goswami and Prayagraj DIG Sarvashresth Tripathi said the matter was “extremely serious and sensitive.”

The panel has been asked to probe all angles, including which “elements” were involved in the act of removing the shrouds from the graves and what was their intention. The panel has also been asked to take appropriate legal action against those found guilty.

Visuals widely shared on social media had shown cleaners, allegedly deployed by the administration, removing the shrouds.

Many of the shroud bore the name of Lord Ram, and the wooden stubs from the mounds of sand at Shringverpur Ghat.

A senior official, however, claimed that only shrouds that were scattered on the ghat were being removed while those on mounds of sand where the bodies were buried were not touched.

“We are only cleaning the dirty clothes and shrouds that people leave behind or abandon on the side of the ghats,” Soraon Sub-Divisional Magistrate Anil Kumar Chaturvedi told The Hindu on Tuesday.

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