Uttarakhand Floods: Lack of wood, controversy theories and rituals hinder mass cremation in Kedarnath
Dehradun/ Kedarnath: The administration is grappling with number of problem as it gets ready to carry out mass cremation of flood victims in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand. Scarcity of wood for cremation, public anger and allegations that administration is trying to play down the casualty figure and hence it has authorized mass cremation and arrival of ‘Panchak’ have hindered the cremation of flood victims in Uttarakhand.
The relatives of the victim are angry and they are questioning the decision of the government to perform mass cremation.
People staged protests outside the residence of District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police and demanded that cremation ceremony should be halted. They alleged that government is trying to hide the number of dead by cremating the bodies in Kedarnath. They also alleged that there are a number of people who are still stuck in the higher regions of Rambara, but the government is 'using' mass cremation as a cover to end rescue operation in the region.
The administration tried to pacify the agitated kin of the victims. The DM tried to reason with the protesters and told them that it is not possible to bring down the dead bodies and there is a clear danger of an epidemic if the dead bodies are not cremated.
But the angry relatives were not ready to accept any argument.
Another major hurdle arising in front of the administration as they get ready to cremate the dead is- religious rituals for cremation.
According to Hindu religion, no ritual can be performed against the tradition during the period of 'Panchak'. The mass cremations can be performed only after 'Viksham' period arrives.
Angry relatives of the victim’s allege government is trying to hide casualty figures.