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Atul Patankar

As reported at timesnow.tv on 30 Mar 2010


Heart broken father's RTI has unearthed a shocking scam in Rajasthan where unclaimed bodies were being disposed off by the police without attempts to identify them or trace their families.


The bereaved father's fight for the truth has now exposed that almost 26 bodies had been disposed by the Ganganagar police in Rajasthan in direct violation of the rules. The bodies say the RTI were being handed over the Medical colleges without the mandatory attempt to identify the victims and trace their families.


The shocking scam came to light after the Petitioner Rajkumar Soni found out that his young son's body had been given away by Ganganagar police to the District Medical Hospital for medical research two day after he died in a government hospital on May 25 last year without the family being informed.


It was only after Soni hounded the police for his son's whereabouts that his son body was returned to him.


The bizarre attitude adopted by the police and the district hospital has suspicions over the possibility of bodies being sold.


Source: 'They sold my son's dead body'- TIMESNOW.tv - Latest Breaking News, Big News Stories, News Videos

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Atul Patankar

As reported by Swati Vashishtha at ibnlive.in.com on Mar 31, 2010


7 cops chargesheeted for selling dead bodies


Jaipur: Rajasthan government has started to crack the whip on police officials involved in allegedly selling the dead body of a 19-year-old man.

Seven police personnel have been chargsheeted for selling the dead body while six others including five sub-inspectors have been removed from active duty.

The Rajasthan Human Rights Commission has also ordered an investigation into the alleged sale of dead bodies in the Sringangnagar district.

The District Collector and the Superintendent of Police have been asked to submit a report on the case by April 5.

The order comes two days after CNN-IBN reported the racket allegedly run by police officials. The sale of dead bodies came to light through an RTI filed by a man who was searching for his dead son.

Rajkumar Soni's 19-year-old son was allegedly sold by police personnel to a medical college a year ago.

"This is a serious issue, we have ordered a probe into it and we expect the reports in three days. Enquiry has been set against the accused police officers, if found guilty strict action will be taken against them," state Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal in Jaipur.

But the Opposition has been alleging that the government is shielding the police personnel and medical colleges involved.

"I accuse the government of shielding the medical college authorities. The senior police officials too are trying to brush it under the carpet," alleged a BJP MLA Om Birla.

An RTI query by Soni had exposed huge irregularities in the way police deal with unidentified bodies.

"They first said they'd cremated my son's body. Then they said they'd given the body to the medical college for experiments to be conducted. They did not give notification in the newspapers," said Soni.

It remains to be seen if the Ashok Gehlot government gives justice to several families like the Sonis who are still groping in the dark.


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Atul Patankar

As reported at todaynews.in on 01 April 2010


Ghulam Nabi Azad condemns trade in corpses


Jaipur: The Centre on Wednesday promised action against policemen accused of selling corpses to private medical colleges in Sriganganagar.

“If the RTI has come to the conclusion, and if we get any report from the parents of the boy then we will definitely take action,” Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters in Delhi when quizzed about the incident. The minister was referring to Sriganganagar boy Rahul Soni, whose body was illegally handed over to a medical college minutes after the post-mortem without informing his parents.

He added that there were definite rules laid down by the government regarding the disposal of unclaimed bodies. “If somebody doesn’t follow it — whether it is police or hospital — I think it is a crime,” Azad said. The alleged trade in corpses has rocked the nation since the racket was exposed by DNA on Monday.

Based on documents accessed by Soni’s father through the Right to Information Act, DNA had reported that since 2006, the Sriganganagar police had illegally given away 26 bodies to two private medical colleges. Soni's father had alleged that money had changed hands in the process.The story was later picked up by other newspapers and TV channels. The Rajasthan government had on Tuesday, accepted in the Assembly that 15 bodies were given to private medical colleges and hospitals without following legal procedure. More than a dozen policemen, including three inspectors, are facing government action for their alleged role in the illegal trade.


Source: Ghulam Nabi Azad condemns trade in corpses | Jaipur, Today News

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Atul Patankar

As reported at ibnlive.in.com on Apr 02, 2010


Cops selling dead bodies not a crime: Govt

aipur: The case of Rajasthan Police personnel selling the dead bodies of unidentified people was a lapse but not a 'criminal act', according to the Rajasthan government.

Even though the government has admitted that irregularities were committed in disposing of 15 bodies by the Ganganagar police, however, it doesn't believe that it was a 'criminal act'.

CNN-IBN has access to the proceedings of the Assembly where the Rajasthan Home Minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal told the House two days back that there have been irregularities but added surprisingly that no crime has been committed.

Meanwhile the officials investigating the matter are now questioning the complainant Rajkumar Soni whose RTI application blew the lid off the scam.

However, Soni says he does not trust the police personnel who have been sitting on the case and harassing him for nine months now and has demanded a CBI enquiry into the entire incident.

"The Ganganagar police is involved in the scam so I want a probe by higher authorities or the CBI," says Soni.

Soni lost his 19-year-old son in 2009 and alleged that his dead body was sold by Ganganagar police.

He filed an RTI and exposed what could be a huge racket of selling unidentified bodies, run by personnel belonging to Rajasthan Police.

He was led on a wild goose chase from police stations to cremation grounds before he found that his son Rahul Soni's body was allegedly sold off to the Tantia Medical College in Ganganagar by the Ganganagar police.

He has filed an FIR against the Superintendent of Police and co-administrator of the medical college.


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Atul Patankar

As reported at timesnow.tv on 30 Apr 2010


'Stole a cell phone from a dead body'


TIMES NOW has brought you the story of the Shriganganagar cadaver scam and now a month later your channel has accessed the enquiry report that indicts the Rajasthan cops of selling dead bodies to medical colleges. The enquiry report of the Rajasthan’s Director General of Police Harish Chandra Meena states damning evidence of how the cops passed off dead bodies as ‘unidentified’ by stealing mobile phones and replacing SIM cards found on the bodies.


The enquiry followed allegations made by Rajkumar Soni who through an RTI found that his son's dead body had been sold to the Tantia Medical College in Ganganagar. Soni opened a pandora’s box by bringing another 26 bodies illegally disposed off by the Ganganagar police under the scanner. Though there is nothing to prove at this time that the bodies were sold off. The combined role of the police, hospitals and the medical college has raised suspicion.


Source: 'Stole a cell phone from a dead body'- TIMESNOW.tv - Latest Breaking News, Big News Stories, News Videos

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