Fever claims three lives, villagers run amok in Agra

March 11th, 2008 - 10:49 pm ICT by admin  

Agra, March 11 (IANS) High fever claimed three lives in Agra Tuesday. All the three deceased lived close to municipal corporation garbage dump in the trans-Yamuna area. Following the deaths, residents of Kalindi Vihar and villagers of Nagla Ram Bal took to the streets, damaging municipal vehicles and pelting stones. This led to a traffic jam on the Delhi-Kolkata highway.

Tuesday morning two children died after suffering from high fever and convulsions. The locals blamed the deaths on pollution in the area. Later in the day, Megh Singh, 70, died of fever.

The deaths infuriated the residents of the area, who started protesting and assaulted the sweepers. They set fire to the garbage.

Municipal commissioner Shyam Singh Yadav along with senior district officials reached the spot to pacify the agitated protesters.

Compensation has been paid to the family members of the deceased.

The locals want the garbage dump to be closed down.

Municipal commissioner Yadav said the Agra Development Authority is not allotting land for new urban garbage collection centres.

“Each day more than 100 tonns of waste is collected from the city. You need some place to dispose off the waste. It’s an urban problem which the authorities concerned must take up on a priority basis,” said a health department official.

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