Thousands of Unclaimed Dead Bodies Look for Identity

Chhattisgarh buries thousands of unclaimed dead bodies every year without proper process of identification being followed. This shows the policy negligence of state administration.


Bilaspur, TPT News Correspondent: Today media shows us the news and concerns of world while in many cases, voice of the media is suppressed and silenced. Moreover, there are many issues of grave concern for Indian society but media either remains unaware of what is happening nearby or ignorant about such issues. Our news correspondent unfolded a scary story from Chhattisgarh, said to be the 10th largest state of India. Recently, when Chhattisgarh Police’s website was analyzed, State administration’s negligence came to light. According to the report, thousands of dead bodies were buried without knowing their identities. Hundreds and thousands of such unclaimed bodies in the police stations of every district are often buried.

It is normal when a person dies in an accident, his body is searched and handed over to the family members, but burying thousands of unclaimed dead bodies under the ground raises many questions of the negligence of the administration. According to the Data of Chhattisgarh Police Report 2017, more than 5,000 bodies are in search of their identity, more than 39,000 people are missing. According to statistics, the only Jagdalpur district of Chhattisgarh was found with no such record. Thus, it can be said that the condition of Jagdalpur is better than other districts. Besides higher number of missing persons found in Janjgir-Champa, Bilaspur, Durg, Raipur, Raigarh, Ambikapur, Korba and Mahasamund. On the other hand, Balodabazar, Bemetara, Bilaspur, Raipur, Durg, Raigarh and Rajnandgaon has the higher cases of unknown dead bodies. The capital of chhattisgarh ‘Raipur’ recorded the highest number of unidentified dead bodies, which has a total number of 635. And in the cases of missing persons, Durg has the highest number with 4219 people missing. According to Report, the list of men is highest, mostly within the age group of 35-40.

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Normally, when an unclaimed body is found, an advertisement is run in newspapers or local channels for identification. However, the administration doesn’t seem serious enough towards this duty in many cases. In many cases, bodies are buried under the ground without being properly investigated. Why is administration silent? Who are these people? What happened to them? Who are the culprits? The police has no answers. In most cases, the bodies are of suspected murder victims. But since they were unidentified, the cases remained unsolved. According to says National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, in 2015, Maharashtra had highest in the number of unidentified dead bodies in the country with 6,185 while in India the total recorded 34,592 unidentified dead bodies were found last two year. Unidentified dead bodies found across the other states include Tamil Nadu (3,739), Karnataka (3,533), Uttar Pradesh (3,409), West Bengal (3,086), Delhi UT (3,063), Gujarat (2,416) among other states.  

Recently, a news from Haryana was reported in which the railway police administration had exhibited unclaimed corpses. In this exhibition, there were pictures of approximately 2,500 dead bodies in this exhibition and hundreds of people had reached there in search of their loved ones. This was a unique initiative by the Haryana Railway Police Administration. The same can be replicated across India including the Chhattisgarh Police Administration.

Unclaimed Dead Bodies, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Tamil Nadu (3,739), Karnataka (3,533), Uttar Pradesh (3,409), West Bengal (3,086), Delhi UT (3,063), Gujarat (2,416), Haryana Railway Police Administration