27 people killed at Uttar Pradesh’s cremation ground, angry netizens point fingers at ‘shamshan scam’


At least 27 people died at a cremation ground in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, adjacent to India’s national capital Delhi on Sunday. The tragedy occurred after the roof of a shelter at the cremation ground in Ghaziabad’s Muradnagar collapsed. Several people had taken shelter underneath the structure to protect themselves from the rain when the roof collapsed. The incident has prompted angry netizens to point fingers at what is being billed as shamshan scam (cremation corruption).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “I am saddened by the news of the unfortunate tragedy in Muradnagar of Uttar Pradesh. The state government is actively engaged in relief and rescue operations. I express my condolences to the relatives of those killed in this tragedy. I also pray for the recovery of those injured.”

The Uttar Pradesh government headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the incident.

However, Twitter has exploded in anger after several journalists held corruption in the construction of the structure for the mishap. According to them, the quality of the construction was compromised since builders wanted to save money for themselves.

No sooner was the news of the tragedy reported, angry netizens took potshots at the state’s BJP government, which had claimed to estbalish ‘Ram Rajya’ in the state. The topic of Shamshan vs Qabristan had dominated the campaign of the 2017 assembly elections.


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