After a youth died of snakebite in the district, angry parents and people blocked traffic on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur national highway and raised slogans against the health department on Saturday evening.
Additional deputy commissioner Joram Beda reached the spot and ordered an inquiry into the matter.
According to information, Gurpreet Singh (23), who was bitten by a snake, was admitted to a hospital. Chupkeetee village sarpanch Hadayat Mohammad said Gurpreet Singh was asleep in his room when the incident took place. "We admitted him to Dr Mathura Dass Civil Hospital, Moga, but doctors in the emergency ward referred him to Guru Gobind Singh Medical Collage and Hospital, Faridkot. Owing to lack of money, Gurpreet's parents admitted him to a local private nursing home, where he died," he said.
Dr Rajesh Puri, senior medical officer, said doctors of the hospital treated Gurpreet Singh carefully and administered first-aid immediately. "But as we have no medical specialist, Gurpreet was referred him to Faridkot," he added.
When contacted, additional deputy commissioner Joram Beda said the administration was looking into the matter. "I have called the parents of the deceased and panchayat members on Monday. I assured to the angry people that justice will be done. I went to the spot and listened to grievances of the protesters. I will also inquire the whole matter that how Gurpreet died in under mysterious circumstances," said the ADC.