Thane: In a macabre incident, a group of persons were caught in a sting operation while celebrating a birthday party on the autopsy table inside the morgue of a civic-run hospital in the dead of the night, police said.
The ghastly celebrations took place in the post-mortem room, adjacent to the morgue with several bodies kept there, on the eve of Holi, around 1.30 a.m. on Friday, said Senior Police Inspector M.B. Patil of Bhayander Police Station.
“Based on a complaint filed by a journalist, we have registered a first information report and are conducting further investigations. No arrests have been made so far,” Patil told IANS.
According to journalist Anil Nautiyal, in the wee hours of March 18, he got a tip-off about the party with liquor flowing freely, in full swing inside the autopsy room of the Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (Tembha) Hospital here, run by Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC).
“I rushed there in 10 minutes and witnessed the spirited party celebrations with around 8-9 persons present. When I demanded what was going on, one person identified as Sushant, claimed it was his birthday,” Nautiyal said.
As Nautiyal started filming and taking photos, some of the boisterous revelers got enraged, tried to pin him down and assaulted him, but he somehow managed to escape from their clutches and fled the spot.
When Nautiyal reached his vehicle parked outside, one of the accused snatched his car keys and continued to chase him at that ungodly hour.