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Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Beggar's Colony: 12 deaths in 14 hrs at beggars' home in Bangalore

12 deaths in 14 hrs at beggars' home in Bangalore
Aug 19, 2010
BANGALORE: 14 hours. 12 deaths. At the Beggars’ Rehabilitation Centre near Sumanahalli on Magadi Road, a dozen persons, including three women, died between 5 pm on Tuesday and 7 am Wednesday morning. What is intriguing is that of the 12 dead, 11 were cremated by Wednesday evening without a post-mortem. This, even as the minister ordered a probe into the mysterious deaths.

Interestingly, there are different reasons reported for the deaths. Two inmates — Jagadish, 30, and Balakrishna, 65 — died of diarrhoea and vomiting. Rajavelu, 65, passed away due to electrolyte imbalance; Munirathna, 70, due to old age; Giridhara Shetty, 50, of cardiac arrest; Mooga, 60, severe generalized weakness; Gopi, 65, myocardial infarction; Rajendra, 70, anorexia and old age; Ningamma, 50, epilepsy; Jayamma, 65, anaemia, general weakness; Moogi, 45, bodily infirmity; and Ramakrishnaiah, 65, reason for death is unknown.

Even more shocking was that the rehabilitation officials termed the entire incident a coincidence. "Some of them were natural deaths and it was sheer coincidence that all the deaths occurred on one night. We’re inquiring into why diarrhoea and vomiting were the reasons for two deaths,’’ an official said.

Meanwhile, 14 persons are undergoing treatment for diarrhoea and vomiting at Indiranagar Isolation Hospital and were brought here on Wednesday morning. In addition, 15 others who complained of similar symptoms are undergoing treatment at the rehabilitation centre.

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