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650 dead chickens found dumped in lake

HAS BIRD flu virus touched the shores of Indore from neighbouring Maharashtra? That was the question in the minds of the people when over 650 dead chicken were found dumped in the dry Limbodi lake this morning.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 14:53 IST

HAS BIRD flu virus touched the shores of Indore from neighbouring Maharashtra? That was the question in the minds of the people when over 650 dead chicken were found dumped in the dry Limbodi lake this morning.

What is even more alarming is the fact that when Bilawali IMC Zonal office incharge Dilip Samwatsar was informed of the matter he did not bother to inform any of his seniors, or the joint-director health services, loaded all the dead birds in a truck for dumping at the Devguradia trenching ground when a joint police, administration and IMC team stopped the truck.

The dumped chickens belonged to Gammu Pehelwan, who owns the Tristar Poultry Farm at Limbodi village. Samples of the dead as well as live birds have been sent to the Bhopal to determine whether they were infected with bird flu. Later, all the birds were burnt in an incinerator.

The birds were discovered when local people went to the lake early this morning for their ablutions. The dead birds were scattered there – some stuffed in sacks and some lying in the open.

In panic the locals informed the IMC Zonal office and police and it was due to information passed on by the latter that the IMC senior officers came to know about the dead birds.

Explanation called from zonal office in-charge
WHILE MAYOR in Council member and in charge of Health Department Rajendra Rathore said that action should be taken against Dilip Samwatsar for failing to inform his seniors and taking the dead birds on his own to the trenching ground, IMC Commissioner Vinod Sharma said that he did not believe that there was any malafide intension on the officer’s part.

Sharma said Samwatsar was taking the dead birds to the trenching ground to destroy them. Sharma, however agreed that Samwatsar erred by not informing his seniors, and added that he had called for an official explanation.

Surprising decision
JOINT DIRECTOR Health Dr R S Srimali said that it would take around five days to get the result. He said the poultry owner told them that the chicken he had dumped in the lake had died in the past seven days. Dr Srimali said that there are around 10,000 chickens in the farm and they appear healthy, and he was not sure whether it was normal for so many chickens to die within a span of seven days.

Amazingly, he said that no steps had been taken to stop the owner of the chicken farm from selling chickens before the results of the samples came in.