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Two died during cremation of COVID man’s death in Jammu, magisterial enquiry ordered
6/19/2020 12:04:03 AM

Early Times Report

Jammu, June 18: Two of the relatives of a man died due to COVID-19, also died under mysterious circumstances while cremating him at an isolated place in Sidhra area here on Thursday.
Meanwhile, District Magistrate Sushma Chauhan also ordered a probe into the matter.
An official here said that three of the relatives of man, who died of Corona Virus on Wednesday night, this afternoon, shifted him to an isolated place at Sidhra along the banks of River Tawi in Government ambulance.
“The relatives including two nephews and son of the deceased were in PPE kits while performing cremation,” they said adding that off of them fell unconscious on the spot.
“Two of them (both nephews) died on the spot while his son was shifted to the hospital in an unconscious condition,” sources said.
Meanwhile, the family members alleged that they must have died of asphyxiation in PPE kits.
However, ordering a magisterial probe into the matter, District Magistrate, Sushma Chauhan said that it has been brought to her notice that during the cremation of a dead body (on account of COVID related death), two persons accompanying the body for last rites, became unconscious and subsequently passed away in mysterious circumstances.
“Whereas, it is imperative to probe into the circumstances leading to the unfortunate death of the two persons by ordering a magisterial enquiry,” said the District Commissioner adding that it is hereby ordered that the Additional District Magistrate (Law and Order), Jammu, shall conduct a detailed inquiry to ascertain the circumstances leading to the deaths of two persons.
He shall ensure that a special Board of Doctors is constituted to conduct Autopsy of the above-referred dead-bodies. COVID test shall also be conducted of both the bodies as well, she ordered.
The ADM, Jammu, shall submit his report by June 22 and it is needless to say, he shall take statements of all relevant public and private persons related to the incident, adding, “the report shall be furnished with conclusive findings of the special Board of Doctors constituted for such purpose”.
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