Bengaluru: It takes a lot of bravery to live near a graveyard. While the residents living near the Hindu Burial Ground in Hennur Road Bellary Road (HRBR) Layout 1st Block were in peace. But for the last few weeks, there is something going on graveyard which is disappointing the residents living nearby.
Residents are complaining that bodies of persons who died from COVID 19 are being buried here. That, too without following the specified protocols for the burial.
What do residents fear?
Sujith Pavithran, a resident who lives close to the graveyard, said, “COVID 19 positive bodies should not be buried in the graveyard which is near to such densely populated residential areas. In addition to the COVID 19 positive dead bodies, a large number of mourners may be a carrier risk as their exposure to the dead person.” He also added that the mourners didn’t have anything to protect themselves except for a facemask.
Another resident of the area, Gopi Shankar said, “One of the ambulance drivers who brought the COVID 19 positive body washed the ambulance near the gate after the burial process. Another ambulance driver was neither wearing a mask nor PPE. We want the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP ) to ensure that all protocols are followed and only a minimum number of people are allowed to participate in the funeral.”
Water contamination through COVID 19 bodies burial
The other concern residents have is the risk of Infection through groundwater contamination.
Former corporate of the Banaswadi ward, A Kodanda Reddy, said, “Dead body of one of my relatives was buried in this area. He was COVID 19 positive. The gravedigger could not dig the graveyard beyond six feet as the groundwater began to come into the grave. The burial ground is under the control of Banaswadi residents. I will speak to them no to bury COVID 19 positive bodies here in the future.”
As per the residents saying, one COVID positive was buried here on August 28 and two more bodies were buried on September 15, of which one was a confirmed COVID 19 case. Also, the graveyard doesn’t have any formal office and a doctor to check the death certificate, as per the protocol.
Meanwhile, BBMP Medical Officer Dr. Sunitha advised the residents to inform her whenever an ambulance brings a COVID-positive body to the burial ground.