Rajasthan: Russia secretly buries Udaipur man, Kin Livid | Jaipur News

Kota: Keeping the Indian and Russian embassies in the dark, Russian authorities buried the 46-year-old man from Rajasthan, whose family here struggled to recover his body from the country for cremation in his hometown of Udaipur. Apparently, the body was buried without asking permission from his family, depriving a man of his basic right to the last rites according to his religion.
The bitter revelation of the funeral came with a letter to the wife of the deceased requesting her power of attorney from a senior officer in the Investigative Department in Moscow, Russian Federation, to exhume the body to be handed over to relatives in India for the last rites.
Hitendra Garassia (46), a resident of Godwa village in Udaipur, traveled to Russia in April this year through a travel agency to find a job. Family members, on September 17, were informed by the local police station that Hitendra had died in Russia and that Russian police recovered his body on July 17. Since then, family members have run from pillar to post to retrieve Hitendra’s body, however, Russian authorities recently refused to send the body out of Russia even after the investigation was completed and asked the parents from Rajasthan to travel to Russia and perform the burial in Russia, banning cremation in their country.
Following the demonstration by members of Hitendra’s family in New Delhi on December 4, before the visit of Russian President Putin, the Russian Embassy as well as the Indian Embassy assured them to speed up the process of sending the body.
The parents also seized the High Court of Rajasthan in Jodhpur, pleading the intervention of justice to facilitate the return of the body at home. Hearing the case, the Rajasthan Hingh court took a serious note on the matter and asked the Center to take the best possible measures to bring back the remains of the tribal person from Udaipur. The High Court, at its next hearing on the case on December 20, asked the Center not to consent to Hitendra Garasia’s obsequious rites to the Russian government until the next date. The next hearing date in this case is January 4, 2022.

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