With Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and DMK president M K Stalin reaching out to the family of Dr Simon Hercules, who died of coronavirus and with a Church head saying that his body could be buried in Kilpauk cemetery, it is expected that his last wish would be fulfilled.
Dr Simon Hercules, who contracted COVID-19 reportedly from his patients, was denied dignity in death after a mob attacked the ambulance which took his body to a cemetery in the city, alleging that it would spread the infection.
It was also said that though it was his last wish that his body should be buried at Kilpauk cemetery, another section of Christianity was opposed to it. In a video message, Anandi Simon made an emotional appeal to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami,
She said, “My husband died due to COVID-19. In his last wish, he said if doesn’t survive the disease, he should be buried according to our customs. The Chief Minister is working well in containing coronavirus that’s why, there are only a few deaths in Tamil Nadu.”
“My husband is buried in a sealed cover. His body should be taken again and buried at the Kilpauk cemetery and doing so will not spread the virus. I am now a widow with two children. I request the Chief Minister to fulfil the last wish of my husband,” she added.
On Wednesday, Palaniswami and Stalin spoke to her over phone and consoled her. Many were arrested for staging protests agains the burial of Dr Simon’s body.
A case under IPC Sections 307 (attempted to murder), 332 (preventing to discharge the duty of a government servant), apart from 147 (riot), 148, 324 (attacking with sticks), 294 (B) (abusing), 506 (II) (criminal intimidation), 269 (Negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) IPC and Section 3 of the TNPPDL Act was registered against those arrested.