Nizamabad: A woman’s body was taken to the burial ground in a JCB vehicle in Govindpet village in Nizamabad district as her family and local residents refused to conduct her last rites for fear she may have died of COVID-19.

Talari Sattama lived with her husband, son, and daughter-in-law. A few days ago her son had tested positive for COVID-19 and was under home quarantine. Sattama and her family had been tested for the virus and all of them had tested negative. However, Sattama died four days after her son tested positive.

No one came forward to conduct Sattama’s last rites over COVID-19 fears. The son, wearing a PPE kit, put his mother’s body in the JCB vehicle and Sattama was then taken to the burial grounds.

The police said they have received no complaints regarding the incident. They will take action if they receive a complaint.

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