Clashes erupted in a Haryana village after villagers threw stones at doctors and police came to save the doctors. On Monday evening, the villagers at Haryana’s Ambala started protesting the cremation of a COVID-19 suspect. A 60-year-old woman has died due to illness at the city’s hospital. When the cremation was being carried out by the police, the residents of Chandpura threw stones at the police and doctors.
The villagers violating the nationwide lockdown gathered at the cremation ground. Police had to open fire in the air to combat the mob. The cremation was carried out after the crowd was dispersed.
The coronavirus test result of the woman is still to come, said the doctor. The civil surgeon Dr Kuldeep Singh said, “The woman had asthma and on Monday afternoon she started facing difficulty in maintaining oxygen saturation. She died while undergoing treatment. We collected her samples for COVID-19 testing and after following the due procedure and SOPs we released her body for the cremation at a designated place to the district administration.”
The doctor said that they have maintained all the safety measures for the cremation of a COVID-19 suspect. Dr. Singh further stated, “The villagers unnecessarily opposed the cremation.”
“We attempted to pacify them while informing that all the safety measures are being adopted, but they did not listen. Soon, they started throwing stones at doctors and policemen. They also damaged an ambulance. We had to use some force to disperse the crowd,” Ambala Cantonment DSP Ram Kumar said.
The DSP said they will file a case against the residents for violating the lockdown and attacking the police and doctors. Haryana has recorded 289 cases with 3 deaths while Ambala has confirmed 12 coronavirus.