Gravedigger held for exhuming5-yr-old girl’s body

  • | Saturday | 18th November, 2023

Varanasi: A gravedigger was arrested on Friday for allegedly exhuming the body of a five-year-old girl, whose burial was performed on November 15.Police said that the accused, Rafiq alias Chhotu (25), who was in an inebriated state, took the body to a secluded portion of the graveyard in Rewari Talab locality in Luxa and slept by its side. Cops said that prima facie the accused did no harm to the body but added that it has been sent for post-mortem examination.Rafiq was booked under Section 297 (trespassing on burial places) of IPC.The girl, a resident of Dashashwamedh area, died after prolonged illness on November 15. The burial was performed at Rewari Talab graveyard around 9pm the same day, ACP Awdhesh Pandey said.Rafiq dug the grave for burial. Around midnight, Rafiq consumed liquor and exhumed the girls body. He took the body to a secluded portion and slept next to it, the ACP said.The girls father, who went to the grave on Thursday, noticed that the grave was tampered with. Out of suspicion, he got the grave checked and found the body missing.When police searched the graveyard, they found Rafiq sleeping near the body.The ACP said that Rafiq confessed that he exhumed the body but claimed that he did not harm the body. Further action will be taken after receiving the post-mortem examination report, he added.We also published the following articles recentlyArchaeologists taken aback by huge burial mound in NorwayArchaeologists in Norway have discovered the oldest known ship grave in Scandinavia, challenging previous notions about ship construction and maritime expertise. The burial mound, known as Herlaugshaugen, dates back to around 700 AD, placing it in the Merovingian period. This era marked a period of significant transformation, and the presence of the ship burial suggests that shipbuilding activities were underway earlier than previously thought. The mound is also believed to signify wealth and power, potentially stemming from extensive long-distance trade.Punjab ASIs body found with bullet injuryAn assistant sub-inspector was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in Amritsar. The police suspect it was a targeted attack, possibly due to a personal grudge. In another incident, the son of a former councillor allegedly shot at a member of the Aam Aadmi Party during the Chief Ministers visit to Amritsar.No 2nd post-mortem in Amherst St case nowThe Calcutta High Court has denied the request for a second post-mortem of Ashok Singhs body, who died after being questioned at Amherst police station. The court also refused to order the body to be moved to a central government-run hospital. Instead, the court directed the immediate transfer of the body to SSKM Hospital. The court found no reason to order a second post-mortem after reviewing the initial report, which stated that there were no external injuries and the cause of death was hemorrhage. The court has ordered the preservation of CCTV footage from the police station.

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