Lockdown: Unable to bring back body to Uttar Pradesh, family gives consent for burial in Kashmir

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The family of a non-local man who died purportedly of cardiac arrest in Kashmir have consented to his burial here owing to the lockdown in the country. The deceased was identified as Mr. Shamsudin of Jamia Masjid Dadia Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh and had been working as a tailor in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

According to unnamed government sources quoted by news agency Global News Service, the deceased’s legal heirs have given their consent to bury Mr. Shamsudin in Anantnag as transporting his body to their home town was not possible amid the ongoing countrywide lockdown.

While confirming the incident, the Deputy Commissioner of the district, Bashir Ahmad Dar, told GNS that he has approved the burial after receiving formal communication. An order has been issued in this regard for the immediate burial, reported GNS.

Mr. Shamsudin’s burial, however, has been stalled for the last four days as hospital authorities await his Covid-19 test report, GNS reported, adding that the deceased’s body was in the mortuary of the District Hospital.

Mr. Shamsudin died on the intervening night of 12 and 13 May at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Anantnag town’s Janglatmundi area. “We are awaiting the reports of the swap sample for the COVID-19,” GNS quoted the principal of the medical college and hospital, Dr. Showkat Gellani. He added that while the man has been identified, there are directions for taking his samples for DNA also. “We will make a fresh call to lab to seek the sample report at an earliest,” he added.

Already the country wide lockdown has been criticised for the devastation in its wake and in particular the hardships it has brought upon millions of India’s poor. Several hundred migrant workers have been stranded in cities across the country while many have died as they attempted to walk thousands of kilometres back home. (With inputs from GNS)

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