Chennai doctor's widow appeals to CM to shift his body to Kilpauk Cemetary

Chennai doctor's widow appeals to CM to shift his body to Kilpauk Cemetary

The wife of a doctor and coronavirus victim has made a teary-eyed appeal to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for a decent burial for her husband after the authorities hurriedly finished the job due to stiff opposition from neighbours.

Dr Simon Hercules was unceremoniously lowered into a shallow grave at Velangadu in Chennai after an ambulance driver and a sanitary inspector ferrying the body came under severe attack from locals who feared the burial might lead to spread of the infection.

The 55-year-old doctor, who ran New Hope in Chetpet, was a renowned practitioner in his locality. Dr Hercules had contracted the disease while treating COVID-19 patients. Making an appeal to the CM with folded hands, his wife Anandi Simon said, “This was his last wish.”