Jagan anguished over inhuman treatment of Covid victim’s body

Body of a Covid victim transported using JCB excavator; two officials suspended

By Author  |  Published: 27th Jun 2020  7:08 pmUpdated: 27th Jun 2020  7:09 pm

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Saturday expressed his anguish over the inhuman act of transporting of the mortal remains of a Covid-19 victim using a JCB excavator. The Chief Minister took to Twitter to voice his anguish and ordered immediate suspension of the officials concerned of Palasa town in Srikakulam district.

“Shocked to hear the incident of transporting dead body of Covid patient by JCB excavator at Palasa in Srikakulam district. It is sad that some people are being inhuman at a time when they should show compassion. Serious action should be taken against those responsible so that such incidents do not recur.”

The municipal officials in Palasa on Friday shifted the body of a man, who died of Covid, to cremation ground on a JCB. “When the protocol in dealing with such cases are clearly mentioned and time and again we have been asking to drive out the stigma on Corona, the officials behaved in an irresponsible manner by transporting the dead body through an excavator which is inhuman and send a wrong signal to the people,” an official release quoted the Chief Minister as saying.

Municipal commissioner of Palasa, T Nagendra Kumar and Sanitary inspector N Rajeev were suspended on Friday after the incident. Immediately after the incident came to the notice of the Chief Minister’s Office, Srikakulam district Collector Nivas was directed to look into the issue and take action against those responsible.

Following the instruction, the Collector suspended the two officials for going against the Covid-19 protocol. The district officials were instructed to follow the due guidelines of Covid-19 protocol and eradicate stigma around the affected.

TDP slams govt over incident

Vijayawada: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) spokesperson K Pattabhiram on Friday termed the Andhra Pradesh government as a “failure”, referring to the Srikakulam district incident, where the body of a Covid-19 person was taken to the graveyard by a JCB earth mover. He requested the Centre to intervene and direct the Andhra Pradesh government to take all necessary actions to control the spread of Covid-19.

Pattabhiram slammed the State government and said that it is not in a position to deploy an adequate number of ambulances. “Infrastructure at hospitals is not proper. The Jagan government failed in containing the coronavirus spread,” he said.

Senior CPM leader Baburao condemned the incident and demanded stern action against the persons who were responsible for the incident. “Is this the gift by the government to the frontline warriors?” he asked.

The body of a 70-year-old person who died of Covid-19 was being disposed of using a JCB earth mover on Friday by Palasa municipal authorities.

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