When the four policemen from varied units of the UP Police were deployed to control violence in Muzaffarnagar,they thought they would prevent deaths. But as the toll kept rising with every passing hour,they were asked to ferry corpses to the hospital instead.
This unit of two police personnel and two more from the PAC was hastily banded together after violence erupted at Kutba village Sunday afternoon. They were deployed in the areas surrounding the village after security forces started finding bodies.
The four were given an old jeep and a simple command find the bodies,avoid the bullets and transport them to the hospital.
We found the first two bodies in a field towards the far side of Kutba. We loaded them on the jeep,and as we were returning,we found three more. Bullets were flying around but we managed to carry them too to the jeep, said a 23-year-old police constable.
On arriving at the civil hospital in Muzaffarnagar,the four,armed with carbines and batons,drove straight to the mortuary and helped unload the bodies for the post- mortem.
After taking a short break to drink water,they headed back to Kutba.
According to one of the members of the unit,the duty imposed on them tested their very character. The bodies were piled into the jeep and there was no space to even move. We took turns driving and sitting in the passenger seat to avoid getting gagged. But this is what we signed up for. This is duty, he said.
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