The Ballari district administration on Tuesday apologised for an incident in which some government personnel in full covid- 19 protective gear hurling body bags into a pit.
In the video that surfaced on social media, at least five personnel in complete Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), are seen hurling black colour body bags into the pit highlighting the sorry state of affairs in carrying out the burial process of those who died due to covid- 19.
"An enquiry was ordered under Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ballari and it was found that the video does belong to Ballari and comprises burial of eight people who passed away after succumbing to covid- 19," S.S.Nakul, the Deputy Commissioner of the district said in a statement.
He said that the manner in which the mortal remains were handled by the personnel in Ballari, about 320 kms from Bengaluru, is deeply upsetting and sorrowful.
The video, that has been doing rounds on social media platforms, has evoked outrage with people questioning the way in which the mortal remains of covid-19 related fatalities were being handled.
Also, several went online to outrage the way in which the bodies were handled and if it was humane on the part of the personnel to bury more than one body and the possibility that the deceased were being buried in mass graves.
There have been similar incidents across the country in which the state and central government has been accused of mismanagement of the pandemic and those infected by it.
The DC said that the team has since been disbanded and will be replaced by a new team. Nakul said that even though there was no specific mention of the number of dead bodies that can be buried in one grave, he conceded that it was not considered humane.
"The district administration regrets the incident and unconditionally apologises for this incident to the families of the departed in particular and people of Ballari in general," according to the statement.
Ballari, among other parts of Karnataka, has seen a sharp surge in covid-19 cases that has piled the pressure on authorities who are grappling to add infrastructure, personnel and support system to deal with the spike.
Karnataka recorded over 1000 cases on three consecutive days due to the increase of persons testing positive in its growth capital, Bengaluru.
The state has breached the 15,000 case mark ahead of projections, fueling fears that the numbers are likely to increase in the coming weeks and months.
Ballari has seen an increase as the cluster in Jindal Steel plant has continued to grow and has over 500 infections in this containment zone that expands to over 8,000 acres and 20,000 people.