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Seven more bodies seen floating in Ganga in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia; total count 52.

Byline by- Balkrishna

With seven additional bodies seen skimming in the Ganga, the total bodies found in Uttar Pradesh area have arrived at 52, an authority said on Wednesday.

The local organization is immediately performing the last rituals of the expired as there is a likelihood that they had contracted COVID-19.

As per Ballia inhabitants, at least 45 bodies were seen floating close to the Ujiyar, Kulhadia, and Bharauli ghats in the Narahi territory on Tuesday evening. Late on Tuesday night, seven additional bodies were discovered, taking the complete count of bodies to 52, an authority said.

In a statementgiven on Tuesday, District Magistrate Aditi Singh had said a few bodies in a deteriorated condition were seen floating under the Ballia-Buxar bridge. She said Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Sadar) Rajesh Yadav and Circle Officer Jagveer Singh Chauhan are probing the matter and the last rituals of the deceasedwere performed with due respect.

“The last rites of the deceased were performed on Tuesday itself. We are trying to find out where did the bodies come from. Seeing the flow of the river, it seems that they came from Buxar and other parts of Bihar,” Yadav told PTI on Wednesday. Even thoughBuxar is downstream to Ballia, there is a likelihood that the bodies came from Buxar, he said.

A police official said the administration is immediately performingthe last rituals of the dead as there is a likelihood that they were contaminated with the Covid.

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