Bengaluru: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar has expressed his displeasure over mishandling of a corpse, allegedly of a COVID-19 patient. 

The Governor lamented that the corpse did not receive the respect it ought get. 

He said in a tweet, “Anguished at disposal of dead bodies @MamataOfficial -with heartless indescribable insensitivity. Not sharing videos due to sensitivity. Have sought an URGENT UPDATE @HomeSecretaryWB. In our society dead body is accorded highest respect-rituals r performed as per tradition.”


The video making the rounds shows a morgue employee dragging the body by the neck with tongs at a crematorium in Kolkata. The employee could be further seen putting the body inside a van.

Hindustan Times reported that local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers made claims before the media that the van carried several decomposed corpses and the stench was unbearable. They also said that they objected to the cremation and made several videos.

Further, it noted that the BJP and Communist Party of India (Marxist) claimed that the corpses could be those of Covid-19 victims.

As the fight over the authentication of the disease continues, the Governor further stepped in, and said, “Issue is not whether the dead bodies were Covid ones! That is matter of probe. Issue-How human bodies can be so shamelessly dragged! Being treated worse than animals. To those engaging in diversion - Search your soul and conscience and imagine dead body was related to you!”

Jagdeep Dhankar and chief minister Mamata Banerjee have had frequent jousts over various issues in the last few months. 

A few days ago, the Governor was not at all happy with the way the Bengal government dealt with the Tablighi issue. He had alleged Mamata of turning a blind eye towards Tablighi Jamaat members leaving for Bangladesh, despite having a lookout notice against them.