The Cyber Cell has stepped in to probe a video that showed an alive person, wrapped in plastic and being taken to a crematorium in Mumbai, India.

A Chembur resident Bijay Gupta said that the man in the video is their father, reported Mid-Day.

Bijay told the police that his 70-year-old father, Ramsharan Gupta, had pneumonia and was taken to a private hospital on June 24, 2020. After it was found that he was suffering from Covid-19, he was shifted to Bhabha Hospital in Bandra on June 27 last year.

Two days later, doctors declared him dead and the family was called to a Santacruz (West) crematorium. Bijay said that they had doubts about the body as it didn’t resemble Ramsharan's features.

Bijay said that he wrote to the Bandra police about the body on April 21 this year. “I had visited Bandra police station four days back to know progress in my complaint. I was told they have roped in Cyber cops to get more information. Beyond that, they refused to tell me anything more," he said.

A senior police officer said, “We need to check the origin of the video like when it was shot and possibly get other sources of information. Therefore, we have asked the Cyber Cell to probe into it.”

Last month, BJP spokesperson Suresh Nakhua shared the video online and called it "beyond shocking." When a BMC official approached the BJP spokesperson and asked details about it, he could not provide satisfactory answers to them. This made the BMC register a case at the Bhoiwada police station whose officials arrested him, New Indian Express reported.

Nakhua later tweeted that he regretted the "inconvenience caused to authorities and general public." "I had uploaded a video on 20/04/2021 showing a living man being taken to crematorium. I was not aware of the location of the incident and could not verify it. This video was tweeted as it disturbed me immensely & to alert the authorities. @mybmc @CPMumbaiPolice," Nakhua tweeted.

"There was no intention whatsoever to cause panic. I regret the inconvenience caused to authorities and general public, if any, due to my act and my sincere apologies for the same," he wrote.

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The former president of the prestigious Paris-Descartes University, Frédéric Dardel, was indicted on Friday, June 4, for the indecent conservation and rotting of hundreds of bodies that were donated for research to the Center for the Donation of Bodies (CDC). This is a representational image. Pixabay