Health dept official charged of burying 12 bodies in one pit
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