Covid-19: Locals protest ends; 84 year old body buried in Tikrikila

Tura, Aug 23: A mild tension prevailed at Tikrikila village in West Garo hills district on Sunday morning when the residents opposed the funeral of a person who dies in Tura Civil Hospital after he was tested positive for COVID-19 during random sampling.

The 84 year old died in Tura Civil Hospital on Saturday evening.

According to West Garo Hills District Administration, the individual was admitted in the TCH COVID Ward on August 18.

The hospital authorities stated that the cause of death is attributed to complications due to comorbidities.

On Sunday morning, Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills Ram Singh visited the village to defuse the tension.

Reports from sources said, the villagers did not want the authorities to carry the body to the spot chosen by the officials for the burial.

They blocked the road with chopped tree logs to prevent the entry of the ambulance.

They made fervent pleas to the authorities to reconsider the decision, saying that the move would result in widespread COVID-19 infection in the locality.

Speaking to Shillong Mail, the Deputy Commissioner confirmed that the cremation will be done in Tikrikila and the body is now being transported by Magistrate to the site.

However, he admitted that there was an issue with ambulance as 108 doesn’t carry dead body, since we have a vehicle, we have transported the body.