New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh on Wednesday said a man was arrested for allegedly charging money from families at the BHU mortuary for
handing over bodies of those killed in the Varanasi flyover collapse.
An official in Varanasi said the employee, who worked as a sweeper at mortuary, had allegedly demanded Rs 200 bribe from the families of two victims.
The official said an FIR was lodged against Banarasi at the Lanka Police Station on District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra's instructions. The Class IV employee was suspended by the DM following a complaint against him.
At least 18 people were killed on Wednesday after a portion of the flyover being built by the Uttar Pradesh Bridge Corporation collapsed on a busy road as it crushed a mini bus, cars and two-wheelers.
Terming the flyover collapse as "unfortunate", Singh said a report was expected within 48 hours and strict action would be taken against those found guilty as it was a case of negligence.
He said the man was arrested for demanding money for handing over the bodies. Singh said that his government had already initiated the process for the implementation of the National Health Protection Mission which aimed to provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually.