Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
In a sensational development, around a dozen of corpses were spotted in the Ganga river in Bihar’s Buxar on Monday.
Several bodies of decomposed, bloated, and suspected to be of people who succumbed to Covid-19 were on Monday found floating in the river Ganga in Bihar’s Buxar district.
Dozen of bodies were also seen floating in the river at Chausa town on Bihar’s border with Uttar Pradesh and later piling up the banks to the horror of residents.
’10 to 12 corpses that were seen in Ganga came floating from a distance. It seems that these corpses were floating for the last five to seven days. We do not have a tradition of immersing in rivers. We are making arrangements to cremate these corpses, ” said KK Upadhyay, Buxar Sub Divisional Officer (SDO).
He also said that it is a matter of investigation to ascertain if these corpses come from Varanasi, Allahabad, or UP. ‘ We are alerting officials near Ghat areas to make sure that it does not happen again,’ he further said.
Meanwhile local people fear that these Covid-19 bodies will be washed down further and can be eaten by stray dogs which can further spread Coronavirus.
Locals believed that bodies have dumped in the Ganga river because cremation sites have been overwhelmed or because relatives could not afford wood for funeral pyres.
The second wave of the virus is ravaging parts of India with deaths rising significantly in recent weeks. Most of the country’s crematoriums have run of spaces.
Indian Coronavirus infections and deaths held close to record highs daily, increasing calls for the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to impose full Lockdown in the country.