A man in east Delhi was forced to drive around for several hours with his wife’s body, in an ambulance, after he was not allowed to keep it at his rented house in Karkardooma village, near Anand Vihar.
Police said 37-year-old Chhote Lal, who ran a tea shop, had admitted his 35-year-old wife Anju at a hospital as she was suffering from high fever. However, she succumbed Sunday evening after undergoing treatment for her fever, which is suspected to be chikungunya, police said.
Chhote Lal said when he returned home at night, his landlord did not allow him to keep his wife’s body outside the house. “When I came back, I was not allowed to keep my wife’s body outside the house and when I kept the body in the lane the neighbours objected saying the children in the locality could get scared.”
However, police said Lal’s landlord told them that he had helped Lal with some money for an ambulance and to arrange for preserving the body overnight. He also said Lal stays on the third floor of the house in a single room and it was tough to get the body to that floor. “It is not that we did not allow him to keep the body. The problem was the neighbours started complaining,” said Devender, a family member of the landlord.
However, the trouble did not end there for Lal. Police said after putting the body on the ambulance, Lal went to the hospital, where authorities allegedly refused to keep the body.
A police officer said they spotted Lal while he was having an altercation with the driver of the ambulance at midnight. “They had roamed around the hospital for a few hours and the driver of the ambulance refused to take the body around any further. He was spotted around midnight by police,” said the police officer. The body was later cremated with the help of those officers.