Lucknow: Death of a 41-year-old woman from Thailand due to Covid-19 days after she arrived in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow has created flutters in the political arena. The woman, on a tourist visa, was admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital after developing symptoms of the infection, according to an India Today report. She was undergoing treatment in the hospital’s Covid ward, where she succumbed on May 3. The cause of the woman’s visit to Lucknow during Covid crisis is not known yet. Some reports suggest that she arrived in the capital city of UP on April 28. Also Read - Ghaziabad Assault Case: No Video Call, UP Police Summons Twitter India MD to Appear in Person on June 24
The Lucknow Police is questioning her local acquaintance, a tour guide by the name of Salman Khan, to find the reason behind her visit. A team led by DCP (East) Sanjeev Suman has been formed at the direction of the Lucknow Police Commissioner to probe the matter. Further investigation will be carried out on the basis of a report that will be submitted by this team, the India Today report said. Also Read - Journalist, Two Others Booked Over Facebook Post Against Ram Temple Trust Member
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BJP MP’s son brought the woman to India, claims SP leader
Meanwhile, some opposition leaders in the state, including Samajwadi Party leader IP Singh, alleged that the Thai national was brought to India by the son of BJP MP Sanjay Seth as an escort. In a tweet, Singh shared a photo of BJP MP Sanjay Seth getting a picture clicked with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The SP leader also questioned the UP Police’s inaction in this particular case.
While demanding a CBI probe into the matter, former Uttar Pradesh state minister IP Singh also asked the UP CMO and National Commission for Women (NCW) whether they would take cognizance and initiate a probe into the matter.
BJP MP Demands In-depth Probe
Rubbishing the allegations, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Seth said he has written to Lucknow Police Commissioner DK Thakur to inquire about the basis on which his son’s name was being mentioned in connection with the case. He also demanded an in-depth probe into the matter. “I will ask the police if they have any witnesses or proof to prove my son’s involvement in all this and then share. I am interested to know how and why my son’s name is being put in the entire case,” Sanjay Seth was quoted as telling India Today.
Police live-stream cremation for family in Thailand
The Thai Embassy in New Delhi was informed about the woman’s death. In a letter to the Lucknow district administration, the embassy requested officials to cremate her body and send the remains back to Thailand. The letter also says that the woman’s family has been informed about her death and that the Lucknow district administration should also send the death certificate back to Thailand. The cause of death as prescribed by doctors at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital should be mentioned in the death certificate, wrote embassy officials.
The Lucknow Police cremated the body of the Thai national in the presence of her acquaintance and the local tour guide, Salman Khan. The final rites were streamed live for her family in Thailand, said Vibhuti Khand police station SHO Chandra Shekhar Singh.