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Panchkula clashes: In morgue, 17 bodies lie unclaimed, their phones ringing through night

Of the 28 people who were killed in Friday’s violence, 27 lost their lives in clashes that erupted on the streets of Panchkula and 17 bodies are in the Panchkula Civil Hospital. None of the bodies has been identified so far.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Panchkula | Updated: August 26, 2017 8:59 am
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Mobile phones are ringing in the pockets of the bodies of those who died in Friday’s violence that are lying at the Panchkula civil hospital, a source at the hospital has told The Indian Express. Of the 28 people who were killed in Friday’s violence, 27 lost their lives in clashes that erupted on the streets of Panchkula and 17 bodies are in the Panchkula Civil Hospital. None of the bodies has been identified so far.

A source at the hospital said two of the bodies are of women. The youngest appears to be a boy, between 15 and 17 years old, and the oldest was likely in his ‘60s. The source said doctors have been told not to respond to the ringing phones as that would draw people to the hospital in the night despite the curfew. “We will attend to the calls on their mobile phones in the morning,” said the doctor.

A doctor, who did not wish to be identified, said all 17 had bullet injuries. Some had stone injuries as well. “There are bullet injuries in the neck, chest and back”, said the doctor. Post-mortem would be conducted once the bodies are identified, said an official. None of the victims was carrying any identity document and most were villagers dressed in kurta pyjamas.

Since 4.30 pm, a steady stream of ambulances brought scores of injured to the civil hospital in Sector 6, Panchkula.
When the police found it difficult to control people crowding the Emergency ward to get information on their relatives, they pushed them all out and barricaded the hospital gates.

“It was a horrific scene inside Emergency as around 100 people were lying on stretchers and many were dead. No one knew who they were and where their family members were. There was blood across the Emergency floor,” said a staff of the hospital’s sanitation department. Leave of all doctors has been cancelled for the next few days.

Over 50 policemen have also been admitted with stone injuries including two IPS officers. As many as 55 persons in critical condition have been sent to hospitals in Chandigarh.

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    Anonymous
    Aug 27, 2017 at 4:52 pm
    First time seeing a trend, where no Human Rights Organizations and Political Parties had shown any sympathy towards the deceased devotees during clash with security, all are talking about national loss due to violence and BSP supremo Mayavati demanding dismissal of Khattar Government even majority of Dera devotes are Dalits. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah questioned why pellet guns and human shields were not used to control mob violence in Haryana, wondering whether the forces kept them "only for protesting Kashmiris", but withdrew his tweets "unconditionally" after deaths of devotees were reported in the violence. Hope this trend of zero tolerance continues and in future more harsh actions with iron fist taken against all such violent activities including Kashmir and elsewhere
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      Aadarsh
      Aug 26, 2017 at 3:37 pm
      This buddha Khattar is a shameless, disgusting man who is a favourite of Godhra killer Modi and fat goon Amit Shah. BJP is protecting an incompetent i d i o t i c fellow who has no sense of administration, governance, law and order oy for favouritism. But on whose cost? India? Indians? A rape victim? Thousands of innocent civilians who have got yo do nothing with those i d i o t i c Bhakts of Dera Fera whatever. SHAME AND SPIT on such goons of BJP.
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        Hari
        Aug 26, 2017 at 3:37 pm
        The politicians are the biggest enemy of this country and all such disastrous incidences are happening due to gross failure and inept handling of the gravest situation by them at the cost of the public.This is very shocking for the country that the governance and policing has completely failed in our country where money is sole criteria for all by corrupt practices and by abusing power from top to bottom. This can only be curbed provided death sentence is given to officials and corrupt politicians who are violating the law for grafts along with the seizure of all assets. Why govt has no courage and guts to enforce stringent ANTI-CORRUPTION LAW ALL OVER THE COUNTRY?
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          Vivegam
          Aug 26, 2017 at 1:58 pm
          Modi is a big liar, Modi is only a farmer who will only sell tea, do not understand politics and economy, will only incite the masses, only bluff, only ambitious, only bragging, Only clamor and incite, India's GDP entirely is fraud by Modi, By modify the international standard of GDP parameters, Modi to fake India's GDP growth rate, Let us look at India's real GDP(In 2014 Modi became prime minister): In 2013 India industrial GDP accounted for 27 percent, the growth rate of 8.8 percent, In 2014 India industrial GDP accounted for 24 percent, the growth rate of 7.6 percent, In 2015 respectively is 18 percent and 6.8 percent, In 2016 respectively is 16 percent and 2.1 percent, January-June 2017 were 15.5 percent and 1.2 percent, Since July 2017, India's industrial GDP accounted is 15 percent and the industrial GDP growth rate is negative growth, “Make in India” is only empty talk, Hit Modi to make him downfall, Everyone is responsible
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            Vivegam
            Aug 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm
            Stupid Indian black,Indian officials corruption are ranked first in Asia,The former president of the United States once said: the per capita GDP of less than 10,000 US dollars(Current,Indians per capita GDP is only 1700 US dollars),Implementing democracy,instead is a disaster, Country can not rapid growth! Because the country is too poor, the people are too poor, the quality of the people is too low, internal war or racial struggle or religious struggle or the government does not solve problem or officials corruption ..... Whether officials or common people, in order to petty profits unscrupulous,So country will can't do anything well, Look at it Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore (now a one-party dictatorship), are per capita GDP reached 10,000 US dollars after the implementation of democracy, India still too poor,Because too early implementation democracy, so the India future is no hope!(Africa,Mexico,Philippines, Indonesia... is the example)
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