The Pathankot civil hospital authorities can heave a sigh of relief as the Punjab Police will now have to dispose of the bodies of the four militants currently lying in the hospital mortuary.For the past more than two months, the cadavers had become a problem for the hospital forcing civil surgeon Dr Ajay Bagga to send an SOS to his seniors asking for instructions on how to dispose them of.The civil surgeon had even floated an option to shift them to the mortuary of any one of the three state-owed medical colleges in the state — Patiala, Amritsar or Faridkot.Confabulations were still going on when the Pakistan government decided to dispatch a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to the Pathankot Airbase to have first hand information of the January 2 attack.Following this development, the NIA asked the civil surgeon not to shift the corpses because the JIT “may decide to have a look at them during their March 29 visit to the city.”However, the JIT, during its trip, refused to take cognisance of the bodies and even decided against visiting the hospital.This, officials say, means that the Punjab Police will have to dispose of the bodies.Sources say the bodies will be taken out from the mortuary in the night. “This is what happened to the Dinanagar terrorist bodies. Gurdaspur SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor was instructed by his Chandigarh-based seniors to keep the shifting a secret affair following which the SSP refused to share any information with the media. The final destination where the burial took place also remains a secret,” said an officer.Days after the shifting took place, security remained deployed at the mortuary and this acted as a subterfuge.Although Pathankot SSP RK Kaushal denied that there was any move to dispose of the bodies, senior officers disclosed that the burial might take any time now.“We were just waiting for the JIT to have a look. Now that is over, we will initiate the procedure as soon as the NIA asks us,” he said.The civil surgeon had many a time said he was facing space constraints. “We have space for just four bodies in the mortuary. In this case we have kept five. One of the bodies has been placed in a refrigerator in the mortuary. We have to keep the interests of the common people in mind who want to keep their dead in the mortuary,” averred a doctor.
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