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Baghpat begins probe after list claiming 34 deaths in village goes viral on social media

A team of district health officials is visiting the village everyday, conducting door-to-door tests and also providing medicines to people.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow |
Updated: May 19, 2021 8:35:29 am
The village has a population of around 1,200 residents.

Baghpat district administration has started an inquiry into a claim that nearly 34 residents of Lumbh village have died in the last one month and majority of them had Covid-19 symptoms. The move comes close on the heels of a list of deceased going viral on social media.

A team of district health officials is visiting the village everyday, conducting door-to-door tests and also providing medicines to people. The team is also collecting details of the deceased whose names have been mentioned in the list.

The Lumbh village has a population of around 1,200 residents.

Newly elected village pradhan Bahadur Singh told The Indian Express that after some mediapersons enquired about the deaths, following which the villagers prepared the list and found that nearly 34 people have died in the last one month in the village. However, he claimed that he did not upload the list on social media.

Singh added that most of those who died were aged and few of them were suffering from fever.

“Most of the people died at their residences and a few had Covid symptoms,” said 55-year-old Bahadur Singh, who was elected as the village pradhan for the first time.

Singh added, “The local residents have prepared a list of the deceased, but I did not upload it on social media. Since the last three days, doctors are regularly visiting the village and conducting tests. They are also collecting information about people who died in the village.”

Local resident Suresh, 54, said his uncle Raghubir (82) died around a month ago because of prolonged illness. “I cannot say if he was Covid positive as he did not undergo any test. My neighbour Omvati (70) also died nearly a week ago. We also don’t know her cause of death,” said Suresh.

The district administration denied the allegations that 34 deaths occurred in a span of one month in the village. The team of senior health officials are verifying the death of every villager whose name was mentioned in the list. A team of Community Health Centre, Chaprauli, is also regularly visiting the village and collecting samples.

“Our team, which includes senior officials of the health department, is verifying every villager’s death. They are meeting the deceased’s family members and also collecting information from local residents. We have so far found that 34 villagers died in the span of two months. They were suffering from different medical problems, including heart disease, and few of them were aged. None of the death was a result of Covid,” said Chief Medical Officer, Baghpat, Dr R K Tandon.

He added that during the inquiry they have found that a local villager had made a false list of deceased and uploaded it.

“Inquiry into the matter is almost complete and I will submit it to the District Magistrate soon,” said Tandon.

Superintendent, Community Health Centre, Chaprauli, Raj Kamal said, “We are conducting both Antigen and RT-PCR tests on villagers. On Monday, 100 samples were collected and today 25.”

District Magistrate, Baghpat, Raj Kamal Yadav said, “The team is regularly visiting the village and so far, it did not find the allegations to be true. The team is also distributing medicines in the village. There are only three active cases in the village.”

When asked about the claims of deaths, the DM said the pradhan told that he did not released the deceased’s list or give any statement in this regard. It appears to be hand of some miscreants.

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