Shergarh, a village situated at the tail-end of Abohar, a sub-division of Fazilka district, and falling under the Balluana assembly segment, has been in the grip of cancer and the disease has claimed three more lives during the past five days, taking the toll to eight over the past eight months. The deceased, who had been suffering from cancer, were identified as Leela Devi, Bhimsain and Kamla Devi.
Earlier, Arpan, Kalawati Devi, Santro Devi, Ranjit Kaur and Bholuram had become prey to the dreaded disease. More than a dozen are battling for lives in the village, said Inderjit Bhadoo, a resident of the village.
“Out village is situated at the tail-end of the state and has been badly in the grip of cancer, but no one from the administration has come to their rescue," said aggrieved Satpal, a resident.
Despite several deaths due to cancer, the administration has not bothered to conduct any medical survey or facilitate any special treatment, regretted the villagers. “There is need for a prompt action and the government should organise a camp for medical checkup of the villagers them,” they said.
The villagers demanded supply of safe potable water to the area as water in the tank in the village is stinking and is not woth consuming. But, in the absence of any alternative, they said, they forced to consume the same.
Manjit Singh Brar, deputy commissioner, admitted that the village was in the grip of cancer and that the deceased had died due to the disease. He said a medical check-up of all the villagers would conducted soon.