As water level in Ganga in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj town swells due to monsoon, mass graves in the sandbanks opens up.
Those graves are suspected to be of Covid patients. The bodies are floating up. It also shown in viral videos/photos surfaced that the authorities taking out the bodies.
In the photos it is shown that the body was pulled out by a team from the Prayagraj municipal corporation. Another video from another ghat showed two men recover another body from the river and placing it on the sand bank. Multiple such visuals have been obtained by local journalists.
Niraj Kumar Singh, a zonal officer for the Prayagraj Municipal Corporation, told the media he had cremated 40 bodies in the last 24 hours. He was asked about a body where an oxygen tube could be seen in the mouth of the dead person, he said that that it appeared the person was ill before death.
Officials stated that the state had a long tradition of burial by many communities. While bodies buried in the mud are dissolved the sandbanks tend to preserve them, this is coinciding with the devastating second wave of the Covid pandemic. Hundreds of bodies also washed up in eastern Uttar Pradesh and downstream in Bihar.
The visuals generated immense outrage And mismanagement of state handling of pandemic but Uttar Pradesh government claimed that burial by the river is a long-standing tradition and not related to pandemic.