The incident was reported from Bapatla town in Guntur disrict (ANI)
GUNTUR: The body of a deceased Covid-19 patient was taken to the burial ground on a cycle rickshaw in Guntur district, the third such incident in as many months reported in the state.
A video of the incident, which took place in Bapatla town of Guntur district on Wednesday and shot by a bystander has been shared on social media platforms.
Bapatla Town Police Station circle inspector Ashok said that the family of the deceased did not wait for an ambulance and took the body in a rickshaw for cremation.
“A 68-year-old man was brought to Bapatla Government General Hospital in an auto yesterday morning. He was accompanied by his wife and two children. They came from Chirala town in Prakasam district. They told the doctors that the patient was suffering from heart-related problems.,” the police inspector said.
After examination and first aid the man was referred to the Guntur Government General Hospital for further treatment, the inspector said.
“The family left the hospital in the noon and started ahead to Guntur Hospital. But the patient died midway, so they returned again to Bapatla Hospital,” Ashok told ANI.
“The doctors got suspicious, tested the deceased and found that he was coronavirus positive. Seeing all this, the auto driver left and the family decided they did not want to take the body to Chirala town and wanted to perform his last rites at Bapatla. Hospital authorities informed the municipal administration, which arrived to carry the body for to the cremation ground.
“An ambulance called by the hospital was about to arrive but the family members did not wait for it and took the body in a rickshaw at around 3pm,” the police official said.
“Some locals shot a video and posted it on social media with allegations against the hospital staff. The reality, however, is that it was the decision of family members to take the body in a rickshaw,” the circle inspector said.