They selflessly step ahead to cremate Covid victims

Nikhil Bhardwaj

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25

A bunch of visitors marshals of Ludhiana police is voluntarily engaged within the noble and gallant process of cremating our bodies of Covid victims. The group has carried out the final rites of at the very least 227 individuals, whose relations had been unable to take part within the rituals.

An eight-member staff of volunteers, led by Mandeep Keshav Guddu, who’s in command of over 100 visitors marshals, has been engaged within the cremation of the our bodies of the contaminated.

“On an average, we daily cremate eight to 10 Covid patients. While bodies of most victims are consigned to the flames, we have also buried the bodies of some Muslims,” mentioned Keshav.

The first case that got here to the group was of 69-year-old Surinder Kaur in April. Her relations had refused to simply accept her physique. Another group member, Charanjit Singh, mentioned: “The cremation is mostly done in the gas chamber at Model Town extension, costing Rs 4,500. Sometimes poor families can’t afford to make any payment, then we all contribute.” The staff members embody Prateek Verma (a health care provider), Gopal Singh Purva (an advocate), Prince Kapur, Harvinder Singh, Amarjit Singh and Gurpreet Singh — all metropolis residents.

“Initially, our families were against our initiative, but we allayed their fears, explaining that we wear PPE gear while performing the last rites,” mentioned Charanjit Singh.

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