Around 40-50 elders die every month at Uthiramerur

By PTI Published on Feb 21, 2018 02:39 PM IST

Chennai: In one of the most shocking news in the recent times, it has emerged that 40-50 senior citizens died every month at St Joseph orphanage at Paleswaram at Uthiramerur in Kanchipuram district.

It is also alleged that the organs of the deceased were being sold to other countries.

Officials who inspected the orphanage today said that around 60 people have died at the institution in January alone.

They added that the orphanage administration has no proper records of the deceased people.

An inspection was initiated in the orphanage following an incident yesterday near Tambaram, where a youngster stopped the orphanage's vehicle after hearing screams of help from the van.

This was followed by a quarrel between the youngster and the van driver. Public who gathered around, opened the van and were shocked to see an old man and woman inside along with a body wrapped in a cloth.

Later, the van and driver were handed over to the Salavakkam Police.

During the police investigation it was found that the old woman was Annammal (72) from Tiruvallur and the man was Selvaraj from Dinidgul. Identity of the deadbody is not yet known.

When police personnel tried to send the body for post mortem, the public opposed it and staged a protest.

DSP Madhivanan and Sub-Inspector Kannan reached the spot and tried to pacify the crowd and assured to investigate the issue.

Residents also alleged that the orphanage has been notorious in the way in which it has been functioning over the years.

"Only people outside non-native to the place are being admitted in the orphanage. There were earlier reports of ill-treatment of inmates," residents said.

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40-50 senior citizens died every month at St Joseph orphanage at Paleswaram at Uthiramerur.

It is also alleged that the organs of the deceased were being sold to other countries.

Officials who inspected the orphanage today said that around 60 people have died at the institution in January alone.

They added that the orphanage administration has no proper records of the deceased people.