Shimla, Mar 17

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur raised the matter pertaining to burial of Himachal Pradesh youth from Una district in Saudi Arabia as allegdly after his death recently against his religious rites his body cremated with the Union Minister of External Affairs Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Thakur intervened on this matter as the issue was raised by Congress legislator Satpal Raijada in the state assembly to bring back the mortal remains of deceased youth.

” Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Mohalla Gurusar ward No.2 of Una district died in a Hospital in SA recently however his last rites could not be performed as per the Hindu traditions.” MLA alleged.

In a letter written to the Union Minister of External Affairs, Chief Minister said that Sanjeev Kumar was working as a truck driver with M/s Saleem Abdullah Saad AL Saqr in Saudi Arabia since 1999 and died in Besh Hospital in Jizan region of Jaddah on 24th January this year. 

He said that following this unfortunate incident his family got in touch with the Indian Embassy so that mortal remains of the deceased could be brought back to India for cremation as per the Hindu rites.

 However, on 18th February, 2021 the owner of the company informed the bereaved family that they had buried the mortal remains of Sanjeev Kumar in a Muslim graveyard and even forwarded a copy of the death certificate and burial permit which erroneously mentioned the religion of Sanjeev Kumar as Muslim.

Chief Minister said that the family as well as the State Government has taken up the matter with the Ministry of External Affairs informing about the burial of dead body against his religious tenets and requested the Ministry to intervene in the matter in bringing back the mortal remains of the deceased.


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