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COVID victim’s body removed from crematorium to allow VIP body

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The body of a COVID-19 victim which was prepared for cremation was reportedly removed from the Panthiya Crematorium in Matugama, following an order received to allow another body, which was taken in a VIP vehicle, to be cremated.

The body of a 93-year-old female, who died of COVID-19 at home in the Galmaththa area in Matugama, was taken to the Panthiya crematorium for cremation by an ambulance.

The body was brought by health workers under the supervision of the Public Health Inspectors (PHI) and placed at the crematorium for cremation.

The 93-year-old's body, which was set to be cremated, was removed from the crematorium and placed in the ambulance on the orders of a high-ranking official to allow another body which was later brought for cremation, embarrassing the health workers and the PHI.

As a result, the body of the COVID victim had to be kept in the ambulance for more than two hours causing health risks. (Bimal Shyaman Jayasinghe)

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  Comments - 14

  • Lion Monday, 14 June 2021 01:55 PM

    This is the culture introduce by political thugs.

    Angel Monday, 14 June 2021 02:06 PM

    When they meet in heaven?

    RoaringCreek Monday, 14 June 2021 02:04 PM

    This government has failed miserably, even the cremation of a dead body, the VIP takes precedence. Shame on you scientific Nandasena.

    Be Fair Monday, 14 June 2021 02:44 PM

    Name and Shame this so called Ranking officer

    Lal Monday, 14 June 2021 02:55 PM

    AFTER DEATH ALSO NO PEACEFUL LIFE FOR SRILANKA CITIZENS. EVERYWHERE POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS. GOD WILL GIVE THE REWARD VERY SOON FOR THE POLITICIANS.

    Ranaweera Monday, 14 June 2021 02:56 PM

    Not political thugs it is the culture if Sri Lanka. Me and my friends, my family first.

    Sam Silva Monday, 14 June 2021 05:57 PM

    The family rules the country and others have to say.

    Sam Silva Monday, 14 June 2021 05:57 PM

    Thanks dm for reporting this incident.

    Sura Nimala Monday, 14 June 2021 06:00 PM

    Stand up people ....Time to teach the DOGS a lesson..

    Seqi Monday, 14 June 2021 06:20 PM

    Perhaps a crime was involved and the evidence needed to disappear quickly. Ambulance drivers have a demanding time these days... . cut them some slack you idlers.

    NKM Monday, 14 June 2021 06:30 PM

    Vaccine preferences for VIPs, quarantine in hotels for VIPs and now preference for cremations for VIPs. What a joke this is becoming?

    A R Monday, 14 June 2021 06:44 PM

    Why didn't they call Sarath Weere. He would have come their immediately and solve the problem. An honourable man!

    Sumedha Monday, 14 June 2021 07:24 PM

    Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour!!

    N SENA Tuesday, 15 June 2021 01:15 PM

    THIS HAPPENS ONLY IN PARADISE ISLE

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