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Terrorists’ bodies start to rot in hospital

With the Mumbai Police yet to take a decision on the bodies of the nine slain 26/11 terrorists,doctors are now worried about how long they will have to keep them in the morgue as they have already started showing signs of decomposing.

Written by Jinal Shah | Mumbai |
May 22, 2009 2:25:05 am

With the Mumbai Police yet to take a decision on the bodies of the nine slain 26/11 terrorists,doctors are now worried about how long they will have to keep them in the morgue as they have already started showing signs of decomposing. And as a new government is being formed in New Delhi,doctors at JJ Hospital are keeping their fingers crossed that the new home minister will expedite the decision on these bodies.

The bodies of nine Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists who were killed in the terror assault that struck Mumbai last November are since then languishing in room number 3 of the renovated morgue. The morgue also houses 18 bodies each in two other rooms. The terrorists’ bodies are preserved separately,in temperature less than 4°Celsius.

However,the condition of the bodies is not intact. “The bodies are decomposing,especially the four extremities,” said a source at the morgue. “One of the bodies — that of Abu Ismail who was with Kasab on the day and was shot at Girgaum Chowpatty — is in a bad condition as it had already started decomposing when it was brought to the hospital.”

“The bodies are discoloured; also the skin is peeling off and gases formed in the decomposing bodies. Also,there is disintegration of tissues. Bodies,however well preserved,start decomposing after six months,” the source said.

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“Doctors have told us that bodies can ideally be kept for six months. We have communicated to the Home Department. Till they inform us otherwise,the bodies will be kept at the hospital. We are custodians of the bodies; the Home Department has to take the decision,” said Bhushan Gagrani,secretary,Medical Education and Drug Supplies.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria said,“We have not taken a call on what to do with the bodies of the terrorists yet. There is no specific time-period,within which we have to dispose of the bodies.”

Dr S M Patil,police surgeon,incharge of the maintenance of the bodies till they are handed over,said,“The bodies are disemboweled,how can they decompose?”

Though the morgue has a huge influx of bodies round the year,the officials are more worried about monsoon when they receive the maximum number of casualties. “The morgue is always full of bodies and with monsoon round the corner,the problems of shortage of space will come up,” the source said.

Meanwhile,two unclaimed bodies of 26/11 victims were disposed of by police officials two weeks ago. The two bodies — one at JJ Hospital and the other at Lokmanaya Tilak Municipal General Hospital — were cremated according to Hindu rituals.

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