Covid-19 Death: Probe Ordered After Scores Attend Funeral

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Srinagar: The district administration in south Kashmir’s Anantnag on Wednesday ordered probe into the mishandling of deceased Covid-19 patient after her funeral witnessed large gathering.

Defying social distancing norms, scores of people assembled at Veeri village of Bijbehara when the body of the Covid-19 deceased woman was brought to her native village this afternoon, reports said. Dozens of people were seen shouldering her coffin to the graveyard where she was laid to rest in sheer violation of Covid-19 protocol.

Interestingly, no official from the civil administration or the police was spotted at the cemetery when the woman’s last rites were being performed.

A video of the funeral also went viral on social media mocking the tall claims of administration over Covid-19 prevention and precautions.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, Bashir Ahmad Dar has ordered a probe into the mishandling of the body after the viral video sparked outrage.

“I had asked SDM Bijbehara to ensure the protocol is followed in the burial of the woman. However, the video on social media shows the protocol has been compromised,” Dar said.

He said he will look into the matter and take strict action against the officials found involved in the negligence.

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