Five bodies swept away in the Uttarakhand flash floods were recovered from Ganga river in Muzaffarnagar district on Tuesday. “Five more bodies of Uttarakhand rain tragedy victims have been found in the river in Muzaffarnagar district,” IG (Crime) Ashish Gupta said.On Tuesday, eleven bodies of Uttarakhand flood victims were found in different rivers in Bijnor and Bulandshahr districts.
With this, a total of 16 bodies have so far been recovered from various rivers flowing through Uttar Pradesh. There are 1,409 persons missing from the state as per the information received in the control room set up by the Home and Relief Commissioner Office.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government had suspended two policemen in Muzaffarnagar and Bijnor districts and issued warning to others for getting into border disputes over bodies of Uttarakhand flood victims recovered from the Ganga river, principal secretary Home RM Srivastava said on Tuesday. “SHO of Ramraj police station in Muzaffarnagar Arvind Singh Pundir and in-charge of Kotwali police station in Bijnor district Vijay Singh Rana have been suspended with immediate effect,” he said.
The BJP had played up the issue, castigating the government for indulging in border disputes instead of acting as per rules in inquest, post mortem and identification of unidentified bodies washed away in the Ganga.
Srivastava said that police chiefs of both the districts and additional superintendent of police and additional district magistrate, who visited the spot, too had been pulled up. They had been told that if such incidents occurred again then stern action would be taken, he said adding directives had been issued to preserve DNA of the unidentified victims.