Varanasi flyover collapse: Hospital staff demand bribes for postmortem
In a shameful incident a distraught family that lost five of its members in the Varanasi flyover collapse was allegedly asked to pay a bribe of Rs 300 per body for conducting postmortem.
Jaunpur-based Jitendra Yadav, who lost five family members, has released a video in which staff of Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University were seen allegedly accepting bribe to conduct the postmortem.
"A staff member told us to pay Rs 300 per body for the postmortem. They were demanding money from all the bereaved families," Yadav said.
Speaking on the allegations of bribes demanded by the staff, Deputy Chief Minister of UP Dinesh Sharma told India Today TV: "We have filed a complaint against the class IV employees who demanded money. Strict action will be taken against them after investigation."
At least 18 people were killed and many injured when an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi On Tuesday (May 15) afternoon.
Meanwhile police have filed a first information report (FIR) at the Sigra police station against officials of the Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation.
The FIR does not name anyone. Though it has listed the supervisory officials, contractors and staff appointed by the corporation who were given the task of constructing the flyover.
The accused have been booked under Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) and 427 (mischief) of the Indian Penal Code.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath suspended the chief project manager HC Tiwari, project manager KR Sudan, engineer Lal Chand and assistant engineer Rajesh Singh during his visit to Varanasi late night on Tuesday.
The chief minister has also set up a three-member committee to probe the collapse. The committee has been asked to furnish a detailed report within 48 hours. Adityanath has also announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh for the seriously injured.
Out of the seven injured being treated at the trauma centre, the condition of two are serious, according to the district administration.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is also MP from Varanasi, had offered his condolences to the families of the victims in a tweet. Modi spoke to Adityanath and directed him to ensure that affected people are given all possible assistance.