Indian journalist’s body taken to hospital in garbage van

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The body of a journalist in India was transported in a garbage van causing fury among fellow mediamen and members of the public.

According to a Times of India report, Mounesh Potharaj, 28, died immediately after his bike crashed into a tree after he completed his last assignment as a reporter for a TV channel.

The police department decided to move his body to a local government hospital in a civic garbage van. A police official said that normally they get vehicles from local authorities, but this time they did not get any.

“It’s an inhumane act by police, who were supposed to arrange an ambulance or body carrier by calling the health department or district administration. But they used a garbage van to transport the body to the hospital. We strongly condemn it and will hold a protest soon,” said Ningappa Chavadi, president of the Haveri district unit of Karnataka State Working Journalists Union.

Police also said they had tried to get a private vehicle to carry the body but nothing was available due to the festival rush.

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