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Bihar: SSP Manoj Kumar imposes ban on disposing unclaimed bodies at SKMCH hospital

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 24, 2019, 11.16 AM (IST)

A  ban has been imposed on the practice of disposing unclaimed bodies at Bihar's Sri Krishna Medical College and Hosptial (SKMCH), which is battling with cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), news agency ANI reported. 

Hundreds of human skeletal remains were discovered lying in open behind SKMCH hospital in Muzaffarpur district on Saturday. 

Bihar health department has launched an investigation as a team of SKMCH hospital accompanied by policemen visited the spot.

"A stern action would be taken against those found guilty," ANI quoted Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manoj Kumar as saying.

Building Construction Minister in the government of Bihar, Ashok Chaudhary, on Sunday said that media is projecting the issue of skeletons found near Muzaffarpur hospital in a way different from reality.

Chaudhary said, "Sometimes bodies have no claimants so the government gives Rs 2,000 to the postmortem department to burn the bodies, which they don't do many times. A probe will reveal the truth behind this and the media is projecting it differently." 

When a hospital receives any dead body, it has to immediately contact the nearest police station and file a report in this connection.

The corpse has to be kept in the postmortem room for 72 hours after the report has been filed.

If no family member arrives for identification of the body within 72 hours, it is the duty of the postmortem department to bury or burn the body following the stipulated procedure.

The government-run SKMCH is currently grappling with an influx of cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). 

The death toll due to suspected AES rose to 167 on Monday with 110 case registered in Muzaffarpur's SKMCH hospital only.