Funeral of COVID-19 victim held after protests by locals in UP

Firozabad: The funeral of a 33-year-old man, who died of COVID-19, was held after protests by residents who refused to allow the cremation, fearing spread of the disease.

When the Health Department’s ambulance carrying the man’s body reached Swarg Ashram in Chharbagh on Friday evening, residents came to know about the cremation and they started protesting.

Police were called in to bring the situation under control.

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The final rites of the man were held on the banks of Yamuna river late night in the presence of police personnel.

“The police personnel pacified the protesters and allayed their fears over the spread of the infection. To ensure that situation does not deteriorate further, the last rites were held on the banks of Yamuna river,” City Magistrate Pankaj Singh said.

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