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Saturday, July 24, 2010

India : ‘Dengue’ death sparks off protests

From Deccan Chronicle :

" Bengaluru, July 23: The death of a 15-year-old sparked off protests in Mavallipura on Friday, with villagers claiming he had died of dengue, that was spreading fast in the area because of the garbage dumped by BBMP for processing at Ramky Infrastructure Ltd.

The villagers staged a protest parading the boy, Akshay Kumar’s body, at the company gates, demanding an end to their troubles, which they claimed began after Ramky was given the job of treating the solid waste generated by the city.

The boy’s parents said the Tirumala Hospital in Kamakshipalya had certified his death as caused by dengue.

“The people of all eight villages, including Mavallipura, that are situated within half-a-km radius of the unit are suffering. The villages are filled with mosquitoes and flies and the department of mines and geology has confirmed their groundwater is contaminated,” said Srinivas, a resident.

The villagers complained that their pleas to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and BBMP to shift Ramky’s operations elsewhere had been ignored. “BBMP has not even bothered to fog the villages or take any other precautions against the spread of mosquito-borne diseases,” they said."

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