A day after bodies of suspected Covid patients washed up on banks of Ganga in Bihar's Buxar, some unidentified corpses were found floating in river Ganga in the Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, May 11.
Ghazipur's District Magistrate MP Singh told news agency ANI that an investigation has been initiated to find out where the bodies have come from. He included saying,"We got the information, our officers are present on the spot and an investigation is underway. We are trying to find out where they came from."
Amid surge in the COVID-19 cases that is rapidly spreading through the rural parts of north India, the bodies in the Ganga river are suspected to be of Covid patients.It has also been suspected that in the absence of COVID-19 protocols at rural crematoriums, locals are worried and scared of further spread of the infection and families have been forced to consign the bodies in the river.
The locals have complained about the foul smell and accused the authorities of ineptitude. The locals also said that they had informed the administration about the matter, but no action has been taken by them. The locals fear that if the situation continues like this they might get infected by coronavirus.
Such incidents have happened in other places as well. On Sunday, May 9, several videos showed corpses, also believed to be of Covid-19 patients, seen floating in the Yamuna river near Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh. Some local residents had claimed that fear of cremation was leading to the bodies being immersed in rivers.