Rats nibble at farmer’s body at Haryana hospital mortuary, probe ordered

The body of a 72-year-old farmer was found party nibbled at by rats at the mortuary of a hospital in Haryana’s Sonipat district. A probe has been initiated in the case.

Rats nibbled at the body of a farmer at a Sonipat hospital mortuary (Reuters)

The body of a 72-year-old farmer, who had been participating in the ongoing farmers’ protest against the three farm laws, was allegedly nibbled at by rats at the mortuary of a hospital in Haryana’s Sonipat district, prompting the authorities to order a probe.

The incident came to light on Thursday morning when the family of Rajender found injury marks on his face and foot. Rajender, a resident of Baiyanpur village in Sonipat, had died of a heart attack and his body had been kept at the mortuary on Wednesday night.

The family found three rodent bite marks on the body.

A team of three doctors — Deputy Medical Superintendents Ginni Lamba, Sandeep Lathwal and Senior Medical Officer Sushil Jain — has been formed to inquire into the matter, Sonipat Principal Medical Officer Jai Bhagwan said.

“A team of three doctors is inquiring into the matter and they will see on whose part the negligence has been in this incident,” Jai Bhagwan was quoted as saying by PTI. The team is expected to submit a report within a day.

Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala described the incident as shocking. In a tweet, Randeep Surjewala rodents nibble a farmer’s body and the “BJP government acts as a mute spectator”.

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