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They selflessly step forward to cremate Covid victims

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Nikhil Bhardwaj

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25

A group of traffic marshals of Ludhiana police is voluntarily engaged in the noble and gallant task of cremating bodies of Covid victims. The group has performed the last rites of at least 227 persons, whose family members were unable to participate in the rituals.

An eight-member team of volunteers, led by Mandeep Keshav Guddu, who is in charge of over 100 traffic marshals, has been engaged in the cremation of the bodies of the infected.

"On an average, we daily cremate eight to 10 Covid patients. While bodies of most victims are consigned to the flames, we have also buried the bodies of some Muslims," said Keshav.

The first case that came to the group was of 69-year-old Surinder Kaur in April. Her family members had refused to accept her body. Another group member, Charanjit Singh, said: "The cremation is mostly done in the gas chamber at Model Town extension, costing Rs 4,500. Sometimes poor families can't afford to make any payment, then we all contribute." The team members include Prateek Verma (a doctor), Gopal Singh Purva (an advocate), Prince Kapur, Harvinder Singh, Amarjit Singh and Gurpreet Singh — all city residents.

"Initially, our families were against our initiative, but we allayed their fears, explaining that we wear PPE gear while performing the last rites," said Charanjit Singh.

from The Tribune

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