Covid-19 Victim’s Kin Booked For Violating Funeral SOPs

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Srinagar: Police have filed case against the kin and relatives of a coronavirus victim from Batpora area of the city outskirts, for allegedly violating Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), laid down by the Union Health Ministry, during funeral of the deceased here last week.

Official sources said that police have filed an FIR against relatives of COVID-19 victim who died last week at SMHS hospital. They said the next of kin of the deceased not only gathered in large numbers for the funeral but also pelted stones on ambulances and other vehicles deputed with the team of health officials.

It may be in place to mention that the deceased from Batpora Kralpora, was admitted at SMHS hospital on August 23rd after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Sources said he succumbed to the deadly virus the very next day.

“Dead body of the deceased was brought to his home in an ambulance, by the health authorities for burial purposes, as per the guidelines laid down by the government. However the relatives of the deceased gathered in a large number on the funeral of the deceased thereby violating prescribed COVID guidelines,” they said.

They said the relatives of the deceased besides violating protocol, damaged an ambulance and a Tata Sumo vehicle. This act of the public gathered at the funeral of the deceased posed grave threat to public health.

A police official while confirming the incident told news agency KNO that a formal case under FIR number 79/2020 under section 147, 188, 427 IPC at Police Station Kralpora and investigation set into motion to ascertain facts.

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