A 67-year-old who cremated 1,300 Covid-19 victims in Nagpur died from the virus after he was unable to get treatment and a bed in hospital.
Chandan Nimje, 67, was congratulated by Nagpur’s mayor for risking his life to perform the last rites for the hundreds of pandemic victims.
Nijme was retired government official who worked with an NGO which has been helping Covid affected citizens since March last year
“We approached everyone, not only for financial help, but also for a bed and medicines, but none responded. We approached Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) commissioner, collector and other top officials, but no one helped the person who went out of the way to provide dignity in death to over 1,300 citizens,” said Arvind Rataudi, who worked closely with Nimje.
Nijme contracted the virus when he went for his first dose of the vaccine and later suffered a mild fever before his sister, two sons and wife all started showing symptoms.
His family were forced to fork out for a private hospital, spending all their savings, but they were still unable to save Nimje who died on May 26.