According to the local residents, at least 45 bodies were seen floating at the Ujiyar, Kulhadia and Bharauli ghats in the Narahi area. The authorities have not disclosed the number of bodies found there.
“Some bodies in bad condition” were seen under the Ballia-Buxar bridge, Ballia district magistrate Aditi Singh in a statement said.
She said the subdivisional magistrate (Sadar) and the circle officer are probing the matter and the last rites of the dead were performed with due respect.
Superintendent of police Vipin Tada said he did not know how many bodies were found.
“The bodies were old. In Bihar, there is a tradition of disposing of dead bodies in the river,” he said, adding that seeing the wind direction, it seems the bodies came from Bihar.
Meanwhile, bodies were seen floating in Ghazipur’s Gahmar and Bara villages, according to residents there.
The Centre has asked States to keep a check on number of bodies dumped along with Ganga.
What official said about the incident
NMCG Director General Rajiv Ranjan Mishra said in the letter to the chairpersons of the committees, “Ensure strict vigilance along length of the river within territorial jurisdiction of the district to prevent and check such future incidences of people dumping dead bodies in Ganga and its tributaries and of any other activity hazardous for river Ganga and health and hygiene of the area.”