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COVID 19 wreaked havoc across the world, it affected all human lives directly and indirectly. All over the world, the healthcare systems were overwhelmed and put under tremendous pressure due to the pandemic; the scale of challenges faced by the frontline workers and healthcare personnel were unprecedented. In our opinion, it was the biggest disaster ever faced by humanity and caused more carnage than the world war combined.
Time was of the utmost essence, especially when combating an unprecedented challenge like the COVID 19 pandemic. The founding members, leadership teams and volunteers of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal proactively mobilized and pooled in their resources to engage and assist at the frontline workers as well as the grieving citizens.
There are countless gut-wrenching stories of tragedies and loss witnessed and experienced by our team. Certain visuals have been soul shattering and forever remain a painful memory for many.
However we want to take this opportunity and space to salute the spirit of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal and all of its members and countless contributors; who stepped up and helped us to carry out our mission in the difficult times.
“People die in front of our eyes every day. These are people who should have been saved,” said a volunteer with a group that offers cremations to the poor.
Shunty provides help through his social service organisation "Shahid Bhagat Singh Seva Dal (SBSSD) by facilitating transportation of coronavirus victims' bodies and also organises funerals when family members or relatives don't come forward to conduct the last rites.
Dr Jitender Singh Shunty, Padma Shri Awardee and President, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal said that he and his team cremated over 4,000 bodies during the pandemic.
Shunty gets an average of 500 phone calls asking for a range of services. But mostly, Shunty has been helping people in East Delhi cremate the dead.
Former BJP MLA set up Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal in 1996. It organises cremations for the poor & abandoned, and helped cremate 4,000 during second Covid wave.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal (SBSSD), a non-profit organisation working to ensure dignity in death, has lost one of its ambulance drivers to Covid-19. Aarif Khan, who succumbed to the virus on Saturday, has ferried over 200 Covid bodies for cremation.