The Buxar district administration in Bihar on Tuesday fished out bodies of 71 suspected Covid-19 victims, which were found floating in the Ganga at Chausa Ghat on Monday. The administration disposed of a few bodies.
Samples were taken from some bodies and have been preserved for further tests.
“We retrieved 71 bodies. Some of them have been disposed of while the process for others are under way. Samples of some bodies too have been preserved for further tests”, Buxar superintendent of police Neeraj Kumar Singh told The Hindu over phone. “Post-mortem of bodies were done at the ghat itself as they were highly decomposed,” he added.
The Hindu could not contact any other district official despite several attempts.
However, Ram Ashray Yadav who sells pyre wood for funeral at the Mahadeo ghat (bank) at Chausa, said, “most of the bodies were buried in a large pit dug by a JCB machine on the bank of the river”.
“The district administration has provided a generator for power supply at the ghat and deputed an official here and the district administration officials were seen here at the ghat till late last night,” he told The Hindu over phone.
Asked how many bodies were buried, he said “it was very difficult to count”.
“But, now no bodies could be seen floating in the river water at the ghat,” he said.
A few bodies, though, were spotted at another river bank in the district, a local journalist said.