NEW DELHI

`Missing' person cremated

Devesh K. Pandey

NEW DELHI: A 50-year-old man, who went missing from Indira Gandhi International Airport's domestic terminal on May 29 and later died at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, was cremated by the Tilak Marg police allegedly without proper verification.

It has now come to light that Karmpurathanam, a resident of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, had come to the Capital to see off his wife and children at IGI airport on May 29. After they boarded a flight to Hyderabad, he was to return to Mathura. But, when he did not reach home the next day, a missing report was lodged with the Palam police and a search launched.

However, four days after he went missing, the Palam police learnt that his body had been cremated by the Tilak Marg police as an unclaimed one. Enquiries revealed that after seeing off his family at the airport, Karmpurathanam came to New Delhi, allegedly consumed liquor and fell unconscious on Shahjahan Road. Some passers-by informed the local police who took him to the Hospital.

The next morning, the "unidentified" person was declared dead. The Tilak Marg police were unaware of the fact that the Palam police were looking for the same man.

They apparently waited for the deceased's relatives to contact them and claim the body, but when no one turned up for over three days, they allegedly disposed it of as that of an unidentified person.

After the negligence was brought to the notice of senior police officers, an inquiry into the entire episode was initiated.

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