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Shimla Jaundice Outbreak: 2 IPH officials held for forging water cleanliness reports, contractor still absconding


Both the officials were allegedly filing forged reports about the cleanliness of the water to their higher authorities, police said.

SHIMLA- Two officials of Irrigation and Public Health Department have been arrested here in connection with alleged supply of contaminated water which reportedly led to outbreak of jaundice here and six more are under the scanner.

A Junior engineer and a Supervisor of the IPH department were arrested from their residences by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on a complaint filed by Tikender Panwar, Deputy Mayor of Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC), police said.

Both the officials were allegedly filing forged reports about the cleanliness of the water to their higher authorities, police said.

However, the police hasnot been able to nab the contractor of the Sewerage treatment plant.

The contractor has been on the run. The police have slapped Section 336 of the IPC on him,

said DW Negi, Superintendent of Police, Shimla.

The matter came into focus after the outbreak of jaundice with about 900 cases being reported so far. A 32-year-old lady has died due to the disease.

Acting on the complaint of Deputy Mayor, the Police registered a case under section 269,270,277, 336 of the Indian Penal Code and section clause 43, 44 of the Pollution control act.

Panwar, in his complaint, alleged that proper water treatment procedure was not being followed at the plant in Malyana, which led to outbreak of the disease.

The Deputy Mayor had not named any person, but a copy of self inspection report was attached to the complaint.

As per the report, during inspection they found that muck was lying untreated at the plant, less amount of bleaching powder was being used, there was no power generator backup available, there was just one disposal chamber available and even the vehicles could not reach the plant, police said.

Police did not rule out more arrests, saying six more persons were under police scanner.

A team of forensic experts had already collected samples from the plant.

Photo: Hindustan Times

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