Locals try to force officers to drink contaminated water

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2014 12:14 IST

Executive engineer of public health department BK Dhawan and sub-divisional engineer Hansraj Gupta were forced to flee from Ram Darbar after distraught and angry residents manhandled them and tried to get the two officers to drink muddied and contaminated water.

The mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan and officers had arrived in the area to commiserate with the family, which had lost their three- year- old child due to diarrohea, allegedly as a result of contaminated water supply in the area.

The residents also protested outside the house of the threeyear-old deceased and raised slogans against officials of the municipal corporation.

Chandigarh Congress Colony Cell president Shashi Shankar Tewari claimed, “We have been complaining about contaminated water supply for the past two weeks, but officers remain apathetic. Area councillor Jannat Jahan has also not visited the place.”

One of the officers manhandled, executive engineer BK Dhawan said, “Residents tried to force us to drink water. We refused as we were not sure of the source. As for the disease in the area, we have checked our supply and found it to be fine. Samples tested have also been found fit for human consumption.”

MC chief engineer Mukesh Anand said, “Our officers visited the area, but found no leakage from any pipe. It seems, people, who fell ill have eaten food from a wedding.”

When contacted, area councillor Jannat Jahan said, “I visited the area twice. We cannot blame officers with the municipal corporation as there is no leakage from the pipes at all. Regular inspection over three days has not yielded anything. The outbreak of diarrhoea is due to some other reason,” she said

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