MEERUT, May 14 -- In the first 12 days of May, the district has turned into a Coronavirus hotspot in the region with the highest number of positive cases and deaths being reported here.

Samples tested during the first 12 days found 15,578 persons contracted the virus and health department data shows that 107 people lost the battle for life during treatment. The data showed that on an average, nearly nine people died in the district each day in the first 12 days of the month.

But then not everybody is willing to believe statistics given out by the government.

The authenticity of that data is put into serious doubt by the mass cremations at Surajkund crematorium. An Acharya at the cremation ground said on condition of anonymity that 50 to ...