The bodies of four militants lying in the mortuary of the Pathankot civil hospital for the past two months are giving sleepless nights to health authorities.
The four militants, who stormed the Pathankot airbase in January 1, were killed by security forces.
“The civil hospital mortuary can accommodate only five bodies. Already, four slots (AC chambers) have been occupied by these bodies. We are facing huge congestion,” says Pathankot civil surgeon Dr Ajay Bagga who has written to principal secy (health) Vini Mahajan and director health Dr HS Bali to take up the matter with director general of police (DGP) Suresh Arora.
The hospital authorities are also worried about the security of these bodies.
“If anything goes wrong, we don’t want the blame to come on us,” said an official.
“We have already sent the autopsy reports of these bodies to authorities concerned,” he added.
Sources said the National Investigating Agency (NIA) had directed the local police to guard these bodies. Police want these bodies to be kept at the hospital till a word comes from the agency.
Dr Bagga says there are many medical colleges with bigger mortuaries across the state. “The bodies should be shifted to one of these medical colleges,” he added.
Pathankot senior superintendent of police RK Bakshi said since the NIA was handling the case, he was not in a position to tell for how long these bodies would be kept at the civil hospital.