Burial of non local delayed for four days as govt awaits covid-19 test


Srinagar, May 17: While right to decent burial or cremation is a fundamental right under the Constitution, a non-local who purportedly died of cardiac arrest in Anantnag district of south Kashmir awaits the same from last more than four days.

Sources said that Shamasdin son of Madis Ansari of Jamia Masjid Dadia Kushinagar UP, who was working as tailor in Anantnag, died on the intervening night of 12 and 13 May at GMC hospital Janglatmundi following a heart attack.

However, the doctors decided to take his sample for Covid-19. “The report is still awaited,” they said. The body has been kept in the mortuary of District Hospital.

Official sources said the legal heirs have given consent to bury the body in Anantnag as transporting it to home towm was not possible aming the ongoing lockdown.

A formal order has been also issued by the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag for his immediate burial, they said.

“We are awaiting the reports of the swap sample for the Covid-19,” GMC Principal Anantnag Dr. Showkat Gellani said. He said 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.

Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Bashir Ahmad Dar confirmed that he has given consent for the burial here after formal communications consenting to it was received from formal means. (GNS)

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