New Delhi, Might 16

The Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to tell it concerning the variety of human corpses discovered floating within the Ganga in the course of the Covid pandemic from 2020 until March 2022.

An NGT Bench of Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi and professional member Dr Afroz Ahmad additionally sought to learn about our bodies buried on the river banks within the two states earlier than the onset of Covid until March 31 this yr. It directed the Extra Chief Secretary (House) and Extra Chief Secretary/Principal Secretary (Well being), Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, respectively, to submit factual verification stories on the problem.

“What number of our bodies have been discovered floating or buried on the river banks earlier than Covid in 2018 and 2019 and after Covid in 2020, 2021 and until March 31? “In what number of instances monetary assist was prolonged for cremation, funeral or burial? What steps have been taken for creating public consciousness and selling public participation for stopping disposal of our bodies within the Ganga or their burial in or close to the riverbed,? it requested.

The Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (NGT) sought to know if any felony case was registered and any prosecution was launched towards any individual for violation of the rules for the administration of our bodies of Covid victims or in any other case. It additionally requested if there was any violation of environmental norms and, in that case, the main points of the remedial measures taken.

The order got here on a plea filed by journalist Sanjay Sharma in search of instructions to make sure that correct Covid protocol is adopted for disposal of Covid-impacted corpses.

(With inputs)

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