COVID victim's cremation stopped; case against 50 people including BJP councillor


T N Harikumar, BJP councillor of Lourde ward of Kottayam municipality, is named the first accused in the case.

Kottayam: Police have registered a case after some residents of a housing colony prevented cremation of a Covid patient who died on Friday. A case has been charged against 50 identifiable persons, including the councillor, who blocked the cremation of a body at the electric crematorium at Muttambalam in Kottayam.

The case was registered as per the Epidemic Disease Control Act for gathering and violating COVID protocol and for showing disrespect to the dead body. T N Harikumar, BJP councillor of Lourde ward of Kottayam municipality, was named the first accused in the case.

The local residents and the councillor opposed the cremation of Chungam CMS College area native Nadumalil Ouseph George (83), who died of COVID-19.

The issue started after someone misled the people stating that if the body of COVID patient is cremated in the electric crematorium, the ashes spreads through wind posing threat to the locals.

The body was later cremated at Muttamablam crematorium itself under tight police security by 10.30 at night.

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