The Rajasthan government has filed charges against 13 policemen and removed them from Sriganganagar district for allegedly violating rules in handing over unidentified bodies to private medical colleges.
Rajasthan Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal announced this in the assembly on Tuesday. He, however, denied that the police sold bodies.
On Monday, trader Raj Kumar Soni from Sriganganagar had accused the police of selling his son’s (Rahul’s) body to privately-run Tantiya Medical College. Rahul died in 2009.
Soni alleged all the police stations in the district were involved in the illegal business and policemen sold bodies for Rs 5-7 lakh each.
The government had asked two additional superintendents of police to investigate the issue of disposing of unidentified bodies over the past 10 years, and give their report within three days, Dhariwal said.
He said charges had been filed against the 13 policemen, all of whom were of the rank of head constable and investigation officer, and they had been removed from the district.
Dhariwal said in the past four years, there had been at least 15 cases of violation of rules and procedures in disposing of unidentified bodies.
He said the matter had been brought to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s notice by local resident Suresh Beri, who had written extensively about violations of rules in this respect.
IGP (Bikaner range) M C Meena said, “Some irregularities in dealing with dead bodies of unidentified people were reported but charges of selling such bodies to medical colleges are baseless. In accordance with Rajasthan police rules, the police can hand over such bodies to medical colleges after a specified time period. The police keep bodies in a mortuary or freezers of medical colleges for identification and these can be used for medical purposes only after prior permission.”