The body of a youth, swarmed by flesh-eating ants, was found outside the state-run M Y Hospital, the police said today.The body has been sent for autopsy. According to an official from the Sanyogitaganj police station, the unclaimed body was found lying at the entrance of the hospital last night.

The identity, the cause and time of his death are yet to be ascertained, the police said. It is also not known whether the young man was undergoing treatment at the hospital. When contacted, Hospital Superintendent, Dr VS Paul, said he had no information on the man and the police is probing the matter.

This was not the first such incident in Indore. In June last year, a similar matter was reported from a district hospital when ants preyed upon the corpse of a three-day-old baby girl, awaiting post-mortem in the mortuary. She had died due to alleged negligence of the hospital staff.

A few days back, three patients died at a government hospital allegedly due to a sudden power failure when they were undergoing dialysis. A probe was ordered and six staffers of the Nephrology Department of the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute Hospital were suspended in connection with the incident that left a man and two women dead.

Health and Family Welfare Services Director Dr K V Raman told PTI that sudden “breakdown in power supply” resulted in the three patients collapsing at the free-of-cost dialysis unit where new equipment were recently installed. He said 75-year old Sushila and 55-year old Amsa died immediately after the power supply broke down while Ganesan, 52 passed away in the Intensive Care Unit a bit later.