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70-year-old UP man carries wife body on cycle for cremation as villagers stay away over Covid fear

A 70-year-old man was compelled to hold the physique of his spouse, who died attributable to Covid-19, for cremation on his bicycle as no person in his village supplied any assist fearing they could contract the lethal virus, police stated Thursday.

The guts-wrenching ordeal of the frail-looking, bearded man from Ambarpur village within the district, over 200 kms from state capital Lucknow, has been captured in two images circulating on social media.

Whereas in a single photograph, the person may very well be seen carrying the physique on his bicycle, the opposite one exhibits him sitting helplessly by the roadside with the physique sprawling throughout his fallen bicycle.

Police stated the person’s spouse died attributable to Covid-19 on the district hospital on April 26, and her physique was despatched to his village in an ambulance.

“However the villagers together with the elders refused to assist him carry out the final rites fearing they could additionally contract the virus,” SHO Madiahun Munna Lal Dhusia instructed PTI.

“After nobody got here to assist, the previous man determined hold his spouse’s physique on his cycle and go for her cremation. Nevertheless, it was not attainable for him to hold the physique on a cycle and he stored shedding his stability,” the SHO stated.

He stated the police helped him after coming to know concerning the incident.

Police personnel reached there with an ambulance and materials required for conducting the final rites and took the physique to Ramghat the place the cremation was carried out, he stated.

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