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Santosh Reddy is an electrical engineer working in US. Leaving his old parents in the city and working in America was very tough for Santosh. All was going well until the day when he received the sad news of his father's demise. Santosh was aghast and immediately rushed back to Hyderabad to pay his last respects to his beloved father. He was worried that his father's body would get decomposed by the time he reached the city. But when he landed he found that his father's body was preserved intact thanks to the Body Freezer Box, a portable mortuary incorporated with the latest technology to preserve the dead.

Developed by Shantakumar of the Chennai-based Flying Squad Ambulance Service, the Body Freezer Box made of stainless steel measures 6 feet in length and 3 feet in width. It is equipped with a heavy-duty compressor, cooling coil, fan and stabiliser, all fixed at the bottom of a big box. They help in maintaining a constant temperature of 0-4 degrees centigrade inside the box which allows the body to remain fresh. The 68 kg porgue can work on main powerlines or a genset and the body can be preserved for several days, so long as there is power supply. The porgue has an air tight lid and a glass topped portion from where the body can be viewed.

"The box does not require any ice cubes to keep it cool. Compressor cooling coil freezes the box and keeps the body fresh. It runs with the help of 230 voltage power and can be operated even with a generator," says Mr Jai Chandra, brother of Shantakumar and Proprietor of the Jyothi Agencies located at Medinova Complex. "When a person dies the body gets decomposed within 24 hours. Normally, the body is preserved by the process of embalming which is an expensive and a complicated process. But the Body Freezer Box is affordable on rental basis and is easy to operate," says Mr Jai Chandra.

The demand for the box is increasing in the market and many people are approaching Jyothi Agencies for the Body Freezer Box. Christians, Hindus and Muslims - all use this box to safeguard the body from decomposing. "We supply the box freely for those people living below the poverty line and we charge nominal rates for the middle class people," says Mr Jai Chandra. Hiring the equipment for a day costs between Rs 2,500/- and Rs 3,000/- and can be bought for Rs 1.5 lakh.

The bodies of former Chief Minister K Vijayabhaskar Reddy, former Home Minister Mr Madhava Reddy and IPS officer Umesh Chandra were kept in the Body Freezer Box for public viewing. Many hospitals including Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences and Apollo Hospitals are increasingly dependent on the Body Freezer Box for the preservation of dead bodies.

Jyothi Agencies
Kautilya Apartments
Cellar, Beside Medinova
Hyderabad-500 082

Phone: 339 3401, 666 3395
Cell: 98490 49215

Head Office:
Jyothi Agencies
69, Outer Circular Road
Kilpack Garden Colony, Kilpack
Chennai - 600 010

Phone: 644 1217, 644 2355
Fax: 6474100

- MAR Fareed

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