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India: In a bizarre incidence, a Muslim woman was cremated as per Hindu rituals after negligence at a Lucknow Hospital’s led to an exchange of dead bodies. The incident took place at Sahara Hospital in Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

According to Indian news website, the mortal remains of a 78-year-old Hindu woman Archana Garg and that of a 73-year-old Muslim woman Ishrat Mirza family were exchanged. They had been admitted in the hospital for some time back. Both patients died on February 11.

The article mentioned that Garg's family took what they were told was her body and went ahead with the cremation. But, a day later, Mirza's family realised that her dead body had been handed over to Garg’s kin. By the time hospital authorities realised their mistake, Mirza's body had already been cremated as per Hindu rituals.

Police officials said that both families are currently in touch with the hospital authorities.