The mortal remains of three Indians Kamlesh Bhatt, Sanjeev Kumar, and Jagsir Singh, mortal remains were sent back on Friday following some confusion at Delhi airport. The bodies were handed over to their families after arriving from the United Arab Emirates.
The bodies were sent back on Friday but on Monday morning they were allowed back in. The bodies were rejected at first due to coronavirus restrictions. The death of the three Indians was unrelated to coronavirus. One of them was from Uttarakhand while the other two were from Punjab.
The ambassador of India to the UAE, Pavan Kapoor expressed shock over the remains. The ambassador said “we are appalled at what has happened. We do not know if the bodies were returned because of coronavirus related restrictions”. One of the dead men died on April 17 while two died on April 13.
The new guidelines that have been passed around all Indian airport warning against sending any human remains of a person who died due to coronavirus. The Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to Indian prime minister asking him to intervene in bringing remains of Indians who didn’t die due to coronavirus.
In Vijayan’s letter, he wrote “It is learnt that a clearance certificate from the Indian embassies is required to process the application of bringing home the mortal remains of the dead.
World wide governments have imposed restrictions arising from the coronavirus pandemic. The virus has taken about 200,000 lives and infected about 2.8 million people. The Indian government told the Delhi high court on Saturday that it will find out about the location of the mortal remains of Bhatt, and his body was returned to Abuse Dhabi due to issues arising from immigration.