The bodies of two of the three young men who were found dead near the tracks in Navi Mumbai on Thursday were allegedly switched and given to the wrong families.
The families of the two men protested at the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation hospital in Vashi and then took away the bodies of their own sons. The hospital and the railway police authorities have, however, washed their hands of the incident.
Rahul Bodke, 19, Santosh Malekar, 17, and Rakesh Pote, 19, all residents of Sarsole area of Nerul were found dead near the railway tracks between Jui Nagar and Nerul railway stations on the Thane-Panvel route on Thursday afternoon. It is still not clear if they fell off a train or were hit by one. The victims had head injuries and there was damage to the liver, hospital sources said.
Ramdas Pote, Rakesh's uncle, said, "Rakesh had called his friends Rahul and Santosh in the afternoon and they all left together. We have no idea how they ended up near the tracks."
On the bodies of Rakesh and Rahul being switched, Ramdas said, "We had taken the bodies from the hospital in the night. But, when we came home and started making preparations to leave for our village for the final rites, we realised we had got Rahul's body instead Rakesh's."
Ramdas said, "This has happened because of the negligence of the hospital authorities. What if the last rites of our son were performed by someone else? Fortunately, Rahul's family, too, realised the mix-up in time."
The families took the bodies to the civic hospital in Vashi on Friday morning and protested. They then left for their villages in Pune for the final rites with the correct bodies.
When contacted, Dr PV Jain, who performs the post-mortem at the hospital said, "In accident cases, we do not hand over the bodies to the families. It is given to the police. So, where is the question of us giving the wrong bodies to the families?"
Vashi railway police station officials said there had been no complaint by the families in this regard and hence they neither had any information, not could they make any comment.