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Monday, August 22, 2011

India : Malaria hits rebel mission - 127 security personnel in hospital

Via The Telegraph, excerpt :

" Mosquitoes have proved to be a bigger menace than Maoists for security personnel engaged in anti-Naxalite operations in Saranda.

As many as 127 jawans have been admitted to various hospitals with malaria symptoms, including Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and Apollo Hospital in Ranchi, MGM Medical College and Hospital in Jamshedpur and government hospitals in West Singhbhum’s Noamundi and Kiriburu, affecting Operation Monsoon that began on July 31.

The situation took a turn for the worse in the last 24 hours with Cobra jawan Virendra Saini (27) succumbing to cerebral malaria while being taken to Jamshedpur from Noamundi last evening. Hailing from Hissar in Haryana, Saini had been evacuated from Saranda yesterday morning, and was supposed to be airlifted to RIMS, but the helicopter could not take off due to bad weather. He belonged to the 209 battalion of Cobra.

During the same period, 40 security personnel were admitted in RIMS alone, while another 24 were rushed to MGM."

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