Covid victim whose body was swapped dead: Punjab in High Court - ECAS Punjab

Covid victim whose body was swapped dead: Punjab in High Court

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Chandigarh, July 24

Just four days after two brothers alleged that the body handed over to them after their father's purported Covid death was actually that of a woman and he was still alive, the state of Punjab today claimed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the victim was no more.

The state also told the Bench that the body was unfortunately exchanged with that of the woman Covid victim. Following the developments, Justice Vivek Puri of the High Court asked the state to explore the feasibility of conducting DNA of the ashes. The order's copy with details of today's proceedings through video-conferencing was yet not available. Justice Puri had, on the previous date of hearing, referred to a reply before asserting that it was "silent as to whether Pritam Singh is alive or dead, if dead, whether his cremation has been carried out and if so, whether ashes have been immersed?" Punjab Advocate-General Atul Nanda said the state government filed a detailed status report stating that the cremation of the petitioners' father, whose body was swapped, was completed by the woman's family with full religious rites. When it came to light that the bodies had been swapped, the woman's family withdrew from remaining rituals and the district administration collected the last remains, which were kept in safe custody at a crematorium at Amritsar. Justice Puri directed the submission of the report on the next date of hearing — July 29. — TNS

from The Tribune

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