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Selling of body: Centre promises action in case of complaint

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 18:36

New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday promised
action if it is approached by the parents of a young boy, whose
body was allegedly sold off to a medical college by the police
in Rajasthan.

"If the RTI has come to the conclusion and if we get
any report from the parents of the boy then we will definitely
take action," Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said when
quizzed about the incident.

He said there were definite rules laid down by the
government regarding how to dispose off unclaimed bodies and
the procedure has to be followed by the police, medical
institutions and hospitals.

"If somebody doesn`t follow it whether it is police or
hospital, I think it is a crime," Azad said.

The Rajasthan government yesterday admitted that 15
bodies were given to private medical colleges and hospitals
without following proper legal procedure in Sriganganagar.

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.

State 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 the 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 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.

Meanwhile, the state Human Right Commission has
served a show-cause notice to the Collector and Superintendent
of Police of Sriganganagar in connection with the case.

They have been asked to submit the report by April 5,
Jagat Singh, one of the members of the commission, said today.

The notices were issued to both the officials taking
cognisance of media reports, he added.


First Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 18:36
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