Police gave bodies to private medical colleges: Raj govt

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 17:43

Jaipur: Facing allegations that its police
was selling unclaimed bodies, Rajasthan government on Tuesday
admitted that 15 such bodies were given to private medical
colleges and hospitals without following proper legal
procedure in Sriganganagar, about 600 km from here.

It, however, maintained that there was no evidence
of "selling" of these bodies. Seven police personnel,
including four inspectors, have been chargesheeted
departmentally in this connection. Three inspectors have also
been chargesheeted.

Six others, including five Assistant Sub-Inspectors
and one Head Constable, have been removed from active duty and
sent to police lines. They have also been served a show-cause
notice.

Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal`s admission came in the
Assembly in the wake of a BJP member Om Birla raising the
issue following allegations by a Sriganganagar-based jeweller
Rajkumar Soni that the body of his 19-year-old son Rahul was
sold to a medical college by police.

He claimed that a Right to Information query had
brought out the irregularities in disposal of unclaimed bodies
by the police.

Rahul was found injured in a park in Sriganganagar town
on May 25 last year and he died in a hospital the next day.
Soni claimed police treated him as an unidentified deceased
and sold the body to a private medical college soon after
post-mortem without trying to trace his relatives.

He said when he went to the police station he was told
that the body has been cremated. But when the address of the
crematorium was sought, police said they had given the body to
a medical college.

"When we went to the college, we saw 38 bodies
including that of my son. After that I filed an RTI
application which revealed that the police from 2005 to 2009
have given 29 bodies to two private medical colleges in
violation of the Rajasthan Anatomy Act," he said.

Soni said under the Act advertisements have to be
given by police to search for relatives of unidentified bodies
and could be given to government medical college only after no
one claims them.

The minister told the Assembly that 15 bodies were
handed over by the local police to the private medical
colleges and hospitals in Srigangangar from 2006 to 2009
without following required legal procedure, but there was no
evidence of "selling" of such bodies.

Dhariwal said a preliminary probe by the Additional
SP, Sriganganagar, found that the unclaimed bodies were given
away to the medical institutions including those dealing with
Ayurveda and Homeopathy in violation of the Rajasthan Anatomy
Act, 1986.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 17:43

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