Dogs eat woman's body at UP hospital morgue

Lucknow, Aug 27: In a shocking incident at the state -run Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here, parts of the body of a woman were allegedly eaten up by a dog, prompting authorities to today terminate the services of a ward boy and three security personnel posted at its mortuary.

Principal Secretary (Health) Prashant Trivedi told PTI that the services of the four persons were terminated with "immediate effect" and an FIR was registered against them on the basis of a complaint by the director of the hospital, Devendra Negi.

Pushpa Tiwari (40), a resident of Chinhat, was admitted to the hospital's emergency ward yesterday afternoon as a suspected case of celphos poisoning. She died during treatment in the evening, Negi said. 

The woman's body was kept in a deep freezer in the mortuary as an autopsy had to be conducted since it was a medico-legal case.

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"The body was kept in the mortuary in the presence of her family members. When the doors of the morgue were opened at 9 am today, it was found outside the freezer with its face disfigured," Trivedi said.

The woman's family members claimed that her earrings and nose pin were also missing. 

A police team, which reached the spot, found paw marks of a dog near the channel gate of the mortuary.

Trivedi said that prima facie, the incident occurred due to laxity on the part of hospital workers.

The Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences is a super-speciality hospital and one of the reputed and leading autonomous teaching institutes established by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.