Villagers pelt stone protesting against construction of cremation spot for Coronavirus patients in Dhanbad

Dhanbad: Hundreds of people on Sunday opposed the decision of the local administration to construct a cremation spot for the people dying to Coronavirus in Amjhar falling under the Balliapur block of this district.

The villagers who were equipped with traditional arms in the form of a procession reached on the spot and staged demonstrations before the officials. The efforts of DSP Ajit Kumar, BDO Ratan Kumar Singh and CO Mohammed Aslam failed to have any impact on the people.

The crowd suddenly started pelting stones after which police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd. The district administration has decided to burn or bury the body of Coronavirus patients in Amjhar village and the spot selected for the purpose according to officials was a government land.

The Mukhiya and the panchayat Samiti member said that since the land was a traditional cremation spot of the village therefore it should not be used for cremation or burial of Coronavirus patients as the infection might spread in the area.

The officials assured the villagers that through scientific methods the last rites would be performed and the infection would not spread.  But as villagers did not relent and started pelting stones police used force to disperse the people.

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