After four days after violence shook northeast Delhi between pro and anti-CAA groups, riot affected areas are limping back to normalcy but here at Guru Teg Bahadur hospital, it may take longer for people to get back to normal life. First they lost their loved ones and now they are running from pillar to post to collect their dead bodies…writes Sfoorti Mishra
Thirty six-year-old woman still had Heena on her palm. She had attended marriage of her nephew in Bulandshahr just 11 days ago on February 14 and had returned to Delhi. Her newly-wed 22-year-old nephew was shot dead by a mob of at least 150 people. His wife, 20, is still unconscious back at home and is not ready to believe that her husband is no more.
Another woman was seen running from emergency ward to mortuary to find if his brother-in-law is even alive?
These were the scenes of panic and chaos at Guru Teg Bahadur hospital where several women are waiting to either collect the bodies of their near and dear ones or to know if they are still alive.
After four days after violence shook northeast Delhi between pro and anti-CAA groups, riot affected areas are limping back to normalcy but here at Guru Teg Bahadur hospital, it may take longer for people to get back to normal life. First they lost their loved ones and now they are running from pillar to post to collect their dead bodies.
The 36-year-old woman said, “My nephew got married eleven days back. We had returned to Delhi’s Mustafabad area from Bulandshahr on February 25 after three weddings in the family. My nephew was an electrician. Someone called him for electric work. But he sustained five bullets, 3 on chest and 2 on head by rioters. His wife is at home. She is in complete shock.”
Another woman said that her husband was working at Karawal Nagar as daily labour. “On Tuesday, he went to work but did not return. I have 3 children. He was the only bread earner of the family. I don’t know what I will do now,” she said.
A woman old IANS, she didn’t even know if her brother-in-law was alive or not. “I have been searching for him since Tuesday. He did not return home. He works at Karawal Nagar. He called on February 25 that he was attacked by at least 100 people. Since then I am running here and there. It is very difficult to identify as bodies are in very bad condition at the mortuary.”
Sunil Kumar, Medical Superintendent of GTB hospital, said, “It is the responsibility of police and government health department to constitute medical board to perform post-mortem. We have performed 4 post-mortems of severe cases. I hope that the competent authorities constitute the board so that post-mortem can be performed.”
HC to hear plea on dead bodies on Friday
The Delhi High Court on Thursday agreed to hear on Friday a petition that sought collection of bodies of those who died during the violence here.
The Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel agreed to hear the plea after lawyer Mehmood Paracha mentioned the matter.
Violence erupted between pro- and anti-CAA groups in areas like Jaffrabad, Maujpur and Gokulpuri in northeast Delhi on Sunday. At least 34 persons were killed and over 200 injured in the violence.
After the violence, families of those who died found it hard to retrieve the bodies from violence spots, shift the corpses to hospitals and even get custody of the bodies after autopsies.