Pimpri Chinchwad, 8th June 2021: Ever since the second wave of Covid-19 hit, graveyards and crematoriums are working at their full capacity. The family of the deceased had to wait for hours to cremate the bodies of loved ones.
The local administration also appointed specialized contractors at the crematorium for cremating the bodies. Despite that, a shocking incident came to light at Amardham crematorium in Nigdi, where bodies are left half-burnt and some stray animals are seen to be devouring human body parts.
The incident was reported on Sunday evening when the relative of the deceased visited the crematorium and noticed that all the staff at the crematorium was missing, and noticed that bodies were half burnt and hungry stray animals were eating the half-burnt bodies.
This issue is being raised by the locals residing nearby the crematorium at Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) demanding strict action against these contractors. However PCMC has made a major budget to cremate Covid bodies, around Rs 8,000 needed to cremate a body, but local residents argued that the contractors are trying to save the costs by increasing the margin profit by using less quantity and quality of wood for pyres. In order to cremate more bodies, half burnt bodies are being disposed off. And citizens are demanding strict action against these contractors.
PCMC additional commissioner Vikas Dhakne said, “We are looking into the matter and serious action will be taken against these contractors. Our health team will visit the site and submit a report to the municipal commissioner.”