New Delhi, May 13 (ILNS) A Public Interest Litigation was today filed in the Supreme Court, seeking constitution of a special investigating agency to supervise the probe into the death of hundreds of human beings, whose bodies were found floating in river Ganga at Buxar town of Bihar, and Ghazipur and Unnao cities in Uttar Pradesh.
The PIL was filed by one Pradeep Kumar Yadav and others through Advocate Sanjeev Malhotra.
According to the petition, 71 bodies have been fished out from Mahadev Ghat in Chausa at Buxar district of Bihar and more than 30 bodies were found in Ghazipur district of UP. The plea sought intervention of the apex court to inquire and investigate the suspicious death of hundreds of poor citizens, whose bodies were flushed into the river Ganga inhumanly, while no FIR has been registered by the Authorities.
It was alleged that no Post Mortem of the bodies was conducted. The Administration/Police Authorities buried the bodies by preparing verbatim false Post Mortem reports, with the purpose of eye wash and to show that investigation was conducted.
“It is clear and apparent that the persons, whose bodies were found floating did not die a natural death. The Administration, in order to hide/save their face from the responsibility of such inhuman act, has prepared false verbatim Post Mortem, without actually doing the Post Mortem of these bodies”, alleged the petitioners.
The petition said the state governments of both Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have failed to provide adequate resources to cremate the bodies, which might be of COVID-19 patients and also had not taken any action against the concerned Authorities, who were responsible for this. No one knows whether the bodies were of COVID-19 patients or they were murdered by someone and thrown in the river Ganga, it added.
It was highlighted in the PIL that the Authorities were busy in managing the COVID situation in this crucial time. No complaint was recorded/registered of general public on this issue, therefore, crime is prevailing in the society, the petition alleged.
The petitioners laid emphasis on the recovery of decomposed corpses from the river Ganga, while raising serious concern over the water, which was a source of living for many areas and if the bodies were infected by COVID, then it might spread among the villages in both the States because of contaminated water.
The plea highlighted the Judgement of the apex court in Parmanand Katara, Advocate vs Union of India & Anr (1995), where the SC has held that the right to dignity and fair treatment under Article 21 of the Constitution is not only available to a man during his life, but also to his body after death and the word and expression ‘person’ in Article 21, would include a dead person in a limited sense and that his rights to his life, which includes his right to live with human dignity, to have an extended meaning to treat his body with respect, which he would have deserved, had he been alive subject to his tradition, culture and the religion, which he professed. ILNS/SHV/RJ