Shimla: A Dalit family had allegedly cremated the body of an elderly woman in Shimla’s jungle under compulsion, stated a report. The family took this step after a certain group of upper caste people had prohibited them to use the village crematorium in Fozal valley of Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district.

The elderly woman was about 100-year-old. She was a resident of Dhara village. The woman had reportedly passed away after suffering from a prolonged illness on Thursday. Tape Ram, the grandson of the elderly deceased woman, claimed that when the body of his grandmother was taken to the public crematorium of the village, some upper caste men forbade them to conduct perform the funeral rituals there.

Meanwhile, a video is making rounds on social media which shows Tape Ram recording his statement while his grandmother is being cremated in the backdrop. As per the video, Tape Ram said, “They (upper caste men) said we shall be responsible if anything bad happens due to the wrath of the deity. So we brought the body to nearby nullah and cremated it.”

The issue was informed to the police. Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus reportedly said, “SDM and DSP of Manali have been asked to check the matter.’ He added, “We are trying to establish the identity of the man in the viral video. We are also talking to the villagers to verify the facts.”

The DC said ‘So far no one has come forward (for lodging complaint), we are trying to get the exact information. I am very strict in such matters. If anything concrete comes forth, I will not spare anyone (responsible for that).”

(With agency inputs)