Bhopal: Crematoriums here claim that the last rites of 2,557 coronavirus victims from Bhopal district were performed in April, strongly contradicting data from the BJP-led state government that places COVID-19 deaths in the district last month at 104.
The gigantic mismatch has given credence to claims of massive underreporting of deaths from COVID-19 in the city.
Managers of two crematoriums and a cemetery in Bhopal said PTI that the last rites of 3,811 people, including 2,557 coronavirus patients from Bhopal district, were performed in the city last month.
Madhya Pradesh Home Secretary Narottam Mishra recently refuted claims that the government led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan was underreporting deaths from COVID-19 in the state.
“A total of 2,052 people were cremated at our facility last month. No less than 1,654 of them died of the coronavirus, ”declared the secretary of the crematorium of Bhadbhada Vishram Ghat, Mamtesh Sharma.
Those 1,654 bodies had reached the crematorium from designated COVID-19 centers in airtight plastic bags in accordance with coronavirus protocol to prevent the spread of the disease, Sharma said, adding that they were on fire.
Bhadbhada Crematorium and Zada Cemetery in Bhopal were initially allowed to perform final rites for COVID-19 patients in the district, an official said.
However, due to the increase in the number of deaths, another crematorium, the Subhash Nagar Vishram Ghat, was also allowed to hold the final rites, he said.
“The last rites of 1,386 people were performed in our crematorium last month. No less than 727 of them had died from the coronavirus,” said Sobhraj, director of Subhash Nagar Vishram Ghat. Sukhwani said.
The bodies were cremated while following COVID-19 protocol, Sukhwani said.
Rehan Golden, chairman of the Zada cemetery committee in the Jahangirabad region, said 373 burials, including those of 176 coronavirus victims, took place in the Muslim cemetery last month.
The official death toll from coronaviruses in Bhopal district last month, gathered using the daily bulletins published by the The government of Madhya Pradesh in April, comes to 104.
According to government records, the coronavirus has so far has killed 742 in Bhopal since the first case was reported Last year.
Madhya Pradesh reported 12,379 new COVID-19 on Saturday cases and 102 deaths, taking the tally of 5,75,706 and the death toll at 5,718 in the state, a Health Dsaid a compartment official.
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