Pakistan: Huge dump of putrefied bodies found in Multan hospital; probe ordered

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Published : Oct 15, 2022, 12:50 PM IST

Videos circulated in social media show several putrefied bodies dumped on the hospital roof in a bad condition, sparking rumours that the decaying bodies were meant for eagles and vultures to feast. The Baloch separatists are claiming that these could be the bodies of their missing persons.

Videos circulated in social media show several putrefied bodies dumped on the hospital roof in a bad condition, sparking rumours that the decaying bodies were meant for eagles and vultures to feast. The Baloch separatists are claiming that these could be the bodies of their missing persons.

Lahore: A huge dump of putrefied bodies have been found on the rooftop of a government hospital in Pakistan's Multan city had kicked up a social media storm with the Baloch separatists claiming those corpses could be their missing persons. Responding to the outcry, Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi Friday went on a damage control mode and ordered a high level probe into the incident on Friday.

The high-powered committee which has been formed to investigate the matter will have six-members and will be lead by specialised healthcare secretary Muzamil Bashir. The government had given three days to complete the probe and fix the responsibility.

Adviser to the Chief Minister Chaudhry Zaman Gujjar on Thursday visited the Nishter Hospital in Multan, some 350 kms from Lahore, and found several "abandoned" bodies on the roof of the hospital's mortuary. The Chief Minister has ordered cremation of the abandoned bodies and directed the health authorities to take action against the employees involved in the matter.

Nishtar Medical University's Prof Dr Maryam Asharf said in a statement on Friday that it received unclaimed, unidentified and unknown dead bodies from the police department. The process of decomoposition has begun in such bodies and they were put on the roof of the dead house for different medical purposes. These bodies are used for medical experiments by students and this is done in accordance with rules laid down of the government, she said.

This is not unusual as bones and skulls are extracted for further medical use, Ashraf said. Videos circulating on social media on Friday showed several bodies dumped on the roof in a bad condition, sparking rumours that the bodies were kept on the roof to be used as fodder for eagles and vultures. The Baloch separatists on social media are claiming that these could be the bodies of their missing persons. (with PTI inputs)

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