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Adhir seeks viral death figures

Siliguri, Aug. 29: State Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury today demanded that the state government release a white paper with correct statistics on the Japanese Encephalitis outbreak in north Bengal.

Chowdhury today set out for Uttarkanya with many Congress supporters to submit a memorandum demanding the white paper on the viral deaths. But police stopped the Congress march 1km away from the secretariat.

Chowdhury also wanted the state to provide a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of those who had died after suspected infection.

“We demand that the state government release a white paper with correct details about what led to the disease, the number of people who died and the current situation of the outbreak. We also want the state government to provide Rs 5 lakh each to the family of persons who died in the outbreak,” Chowdhury said.

He was speaking about a kilometre from Uttarkanya, north Bengal’s mini secretariat on the outskirts of Siliguri.

When the police did not move the barricade and allow the Congress supporters to march forward, 10 leaders led by Chowdhury went to Uttarkanya to submit the memorandum.