Health dept of­fi­cial charged of bury­ing 12 bod­ies in one pit

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PAN­VEL: Around two months af­ter the in­ci­dent of 12 un­claimed bod­ies be­ing dumped in just pit came to light, the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (PMC) has re­port­edly held one per­son­nel re­spon­si­ble.

PMC served a chargesheet to Ma­hadev Ram Mor, an of­fi­cial of the health depart­ment, on Novem­ber 25 giv­ing him 10 days to re­ply.

Ac­cord­ing to so­cial worker Prakash Mo­hite, on Septem­ber 24, po­lice mitr Sonya Maruti brought 12 dead bod­ies from Vashi civic hos­pi­tal mor­tu­ary to Koli­wada in Pan­vel for dis­posal. All the bod­ies were buried on Septem­ber 25 in a sin­gle pit ex­ca­vated by the health depart­ment of PMC.

The rev­e­la­tion came af­ter rel­a­tives of the some of the de­ceased were iden­ti­fied and were asked for in­spec­tion of the bod­ies.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent was ex­posed by a lo­cal news­pa­per and picked up by other me­dia, the PMC sus­pended two per­son­nel of the health depart­ment and served a show cause no­tice to Dilip Kadam, the head of the depart­ment.

How­ever, now Mor has been charged for im­proper dis­posal of bod­ies.

“Mor has been charged with not dis­pos­ing of the bod­ies prop­erly, dump­ing 12 bod­ies in a sin­gle pit with­out in­form­ing the se­niors, bury­ing the bod­ies in the ab­sence of the po­lice and be­ing re­spon­si­ble for de­fam­ing PMC,” said a PMC of­fi­cial on con­di­tion of anonymity. “The no­tice has been is­sued af­ter an un­bi­ased de­part­men­tal in­quiry which held him re­spon­si­ble for the in­ci­dent. He had re­sorted to the ac­tion on his own.”

Mo­hite said, “The po­lice have the right to dig up the grave to show the bod­ies for con­fir­ma­tion. Also if the po­lice learn of a mur­der at a later stage, they need the bones for in­spec­tion and con­fir­ma­tion.”

“It is manda­tory to dig sep­a­rate graves for each un­claimed body. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of PMC to con­duct proper fi­nal rites of the de­ceased,” said Mo­hite.

In the past, too, sim­i­lar in­ci­dents had come to light.

“On Novem­ber 20 last year, sev­eral of bod­ies were found dumped in a sin­gle pit. The rev­e­la­tion had led to ten­sions and the health depart­ment was taken to task. How­ever, ev­ery­thing seems to have gone back to usual,” said Mo­hite.

ON SEPTEM­BER 25, 12 DEAD BOD­IES FROM VASHI CIVIC HOS­PI­TAL MOR­TU­ARY WERE BURIED IN A SIN­GLE PIT IN KOLI­WADA, PAN­VEL

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