Chandigarh’s cremation ground was converted into a makeshift parking lot during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.
Because of that, some of the residents were unable to cremate their dead and were asked to use another crematorium in the western part of the city.
Mourners were turned away citing security reasons when they reached the cremation ground in Sector 25.
Local residents explained that the cremation ground in Sector 25 was located next to the venue where the Prime Minister was to deliver a speech. The ground was converted into a makeshift parking lot for people attending the Prime Minister’s rally.
Brigadier Devinder Singh, whose 24-year-old son was killed in a road accident yesterday, had to cremate his son in Mohali nearby, since the main Chandigarh crematorium was not available.
Residents who were seething with anger said that the administration could have given a prior notice (about) the ban on entry to the cremation ground.
A senior officer of the Union Territory’s administration told HT that residents were asked to cremate their dead after the Prime Minister left the venue of the rally.
Officials further said that tight security arrangements were made for PM’s visit.
Ambulances had to take longer routes to reach hospitals and all state-run and private schools across the Union Territory were closed in view of Modi’s visit.
The PM was in Chandigarh to inaugurate a modern Rs. 900-crore version of the city’s airport. After he came to know about the residents problems, he tweeted:
The inconvenience caused to citizens in Chandigarh, especially shutting of schools due to my visit is regretted. It was totally avoidable.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 11, 2015