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Body swap incident at Nakodar civil hospital

Ashok Kaura | January 14, 2021 04:46 PM

NAKODAR: Nakodar civil hospital authorities have said that bodies swapping incident in the month of August 2020 was result of wrong identification by identifiers itself.
The bodies of two gas victims who had died at Mundi Chohlian village under Lohian Khas police station were swapped at Nakodar civil hospital.

Phumann Singh (40) and his brother Pala Singh residents of Mundi Chohlian village were killed after inhaling poisonous gas at a Mentha plant and bodies were sent to civil hospital for post mortem and bodies were tagged and packed.

The mistake came to light when family members of the victims opened the body’s bags at the village and were surprised to find unknown men’s corpses.

Senior medical officer (SMO) Doctor Bhupindar Kaur said in her report that identifiers wrongly identified bodies due to some reasons and has admitted their mistake in writing.

The report was submitted to Jalandhar civil surgeon copy of which has been provided under the Right to Information Act.

Report said that after post mortem the bodies were covered with cloths with help from identifiers.

SMO said that this incident was unfortunate and is regretted and gave suggestions to improve system of post mortem. This incident was inquired by an investigating team formed for this proposes.

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