Bihar’s water resources minister Sanjay Kumar Jha said on Wednesday that a net has been placed in the river at Ranighat, bordering Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
“We have advised the Uttar Pradesh administration to be vigilant. Our administration is keeping vigil as well,” he wrote on social media.
He also said that post-mortem examinations of the bodies confirmed that the deaths had taken place four or five days ago.
A Bihar official, who requested not to be named, told The Hindu that some bodies floating in from Uttar Pradesh were found tangled in the net on Wednesday and the state’s administration has been informed about it.
While Buxar authorities have said that some bodies may have floated in from Uttar Pradesh, officials in the neighbouring state have denied the claim.
India recorded 362,727 new Covid-19 infections and 4,120 deaths in the 24 hours ending on Thursday morning, taking the death toll to 258,317.
The discovery of the bodies had sparked fears of spread of the infection but experts now say coronavirus transmission cannot happen through water.
Reports have quoted locals as saying that bodies end up in the river because relatives can’t afford the wood to cremate them, or because crematoriums have run out of space as a second wave of Covid-19 ravages India.
There is also the fear of stigma, so people are quietly disposing of the bodies in the river, The Indian Express says.