Nearly 100 bodies found floating in Ganga, spark panic in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh -Santosh Singh and Asad Rehman

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published Published on May 12, 2021   modified Modified on May 12, 2021

-The Indian Express

While 71 of the bodies have been fished out in Bihar's Buxar district, at least 25 bodies were found in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh's Ghazipur district.

Lucknow, Patna: At least 96 unidentified bodies – many of them decomposed and bloated – have been found floating in the Ganga over the past couple of days, triggering fears among local residents in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh that bodies of Covid victims were being dumped in the river. While 71 of the bodies have been fished out in Bihar’s Buxar district, at least 25 bodies were found in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district.

While authorities in both districts are yet to confirm if the bodies were of Covid victims, saying samples have been sent for tests, police in Buxar said they suspected the bodies may have floated in from Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh.

The central government has taken serious note of the issue, with Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Tuesday seeking an investigation by both states. “Floating bodies in Ganga in Buxar, Bihar is unfortunate. It is surely a matter of investigation. [Narendra] Modi government is committed to maintaining piety and continuity of mother Ganga. States [Bihar and UP] concerned must take cognizance of the matter immediately,” he tweeted.

Buxar SP Neeraj Kumar told The Indian Express: “We have so far fished out 71 bodies from the Ganga. We conducted postmortem of all bodies and have also taken DNA and Covid samples.” He said the bodies were disposed of as per government Covid protocols.

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The Indian Express, 12 May, 2021, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/nearly-100-bodies-found-floating-in-ganga-spark-panic-in-bihar-up-7311518/


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