Goondas Act against those opposing burial of people died of Corona: Top Cop

Chennai: Greater Chennai Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan today said action will be taken under Goondas Act against those who protest the burial of people died of coronavirus.

His warning has come at a time when the last rites of a couple of doctors, who died after getting affected by Covid-19, faced protests at Ambattur and Anna Nagar in the city.

Following this, announcing formation of a committee to give decent burial to doctors, succumbing to coronavirus while treating patients, Tamilnadu Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar condemned the protests against the burial of a city-based neurosurgeon, who tested positive and died at a private hospital last night and said 20 people were arrested in this connection.

This is the second such incident after locals opposed cremation of a Nellore-based doctor at Ambattur crematorium last week after which the body was cremated in another crematorium.

The Chennai-based neurosurgeon, who is also the chairman of a hospital, had tested positive and was undergoing treatment at Apollo hospital.But he died Sunday night.

When his body was taken in an ambulance to a burial ground in Kilpauk, about 200 people objected to it and when it was taken to another cemetry, about 50 to 60 people assembled, staged protests, attacked the corporation healthcare workers and also damaged the ambulance.


NT Bureau