A Muslim body in Maharashtra’s Akola performed the last rites of a 78-year-old Hindu man after his son refused to accept the body and perform the funeral. A bunch of youths from Akola Kutchhi Memon Jamaat hit the man’s pyre. The man had died of heart attack on May 23, while his wife was undergoing COVID-19 treatment at Akola’s Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).
Piyush Singh, Divisional Commissioner, Amravati, told The Indian Express, “The wife of the deceased man was admitted to GMCH on May 23 around 4 pm. The authorities took her swab as she was asymptomatic. At 6:30 pm, the dean of GMCH received a message that the man had collapsed at his house. An ambulance rushed to the man’s house but he was found dead. His wife’s report came positive on May 24 (Sunday) morning. As per protocol, they don’t take a swab from a dead body, but the swabs of his close relatives were taken and reports are awaited.”
Head of the sanitation department of Akola Municipal Corporation, Prashant Rajurkar, said that the man’s son, who lives in Nagpur denied to accept his father’s body and perform the funeral so a local Muslim organization took over the responsibility and his pyre was lit at the crematorium by them on Sunday.
President of Akola Kutchhi Memon Jamaat, Javed Zakeria, said that they had decided to perform funerals for those families who were unable to do so, after Akola had reported its first death. “We have performed around 60 funerals till date, out of which, 21 were of COVID-19 patients. Five of these people were Hindus,” Zakeria said.