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Gurgaon Rezang La Chowk protest held with dead body in the middle of the road: DC agreed to yield to protesters!
The citizens of Palam Vihar, Gurgaon was in for a shock on Monday morning, while driving to work from Rezang la chowk leading to Dwarka Expressway, Sector 22 and Sector 5. Right in front of the Rezang la chowk on big ice cubes was laid the dead body of 35 year old Sunil Bhandari and surrounding him were Carterpuri residents demanding that their age old cremation grounds, which was closed on High courts orders should be reopened.

It was clearly the tussle of egos between citizens of the village and residents of the sector and the common people were caught in the middle of it. What started as a small protest led to 500 protesting citizens and innumerable cars parked in the middle of roads. Talking about the incident Baljeet Singh, Carterpuri resident and one of the key protester said, '' Why don't they let us burn the body of our people? I want to ask the sector people don't their people die and when they do die, do they not burn?''

Taking stock of the situation Deputy Commissioner T.L Satyaprakash, ''15 years before something happened, now we are seeing the consequences. 15 years before somebody referred the records and as per the master plan you cannot cremate and the High Court has ceased up the matter. We need at least 15-20 days, so that based on the other records, somebody can take the decision. And the master plan is a state level issue and High court will decide. We will submit the entire thing and all the records to the town and country planning, let them decide the issue."

When asked how he plans to resolve the issue, the DC said that they are looking into it. Further adding to his statement, he talked about the politics of keeping a dead body in the middle of the road and harassing everyone, ''there are various crematorium, Carterpuri and all, I don't know exactly where these people were cremating. There are 4-5 crematoriums in the entire city. And once a village comes within a corporation they can cremate anywhere. They feel that we are still a village and we want that. It has to be taken up to the highest level and we will convey the message, information and facts to the government and the government will look into it. Because government is a large body, it will take time. If I have to take the decision, I will take it in a day or two. Because the government takes the decision based on all parameters it will take some time.''

People stuck in traffic were the real victims in the case and had no out in the situation.Dr. Anuj when asked said, ''Since morning I am stuck here. I need to reach hospital but its been more than two hours that anything moved. So, I need to wait here and let things happened.''

Another tired commuter said, ''The fight between residents is making everyone suffer. Its been long time that I am stuck here and I have not seen anyone sorting this problem. Yes, I am very much aware of the reason. Why the residents of the sector not letting the villagers perform crematory rituals at crematorium which exists in their area. If we behave like this then where humanity exists.''

When another person died in the meantime the administration came to a conclusion. The protesters talked to the DC and reached a conclusion. As the traffic resumed its pace, Baljeet Singh said, ''For now, we would cremate the dead bodies in the same crematorium where we wanted to. The DC have also promised that he would reopen the crematorium.''

With Inputs from: Alekhya Bolla & Shrabani Mukherjee

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