Shimla Jaundice outbreak: Two more engineers arrested

The release of contaminated water into the main source of drinking water had resulted in a jaundice outbreak with seven deaths and over 1,100 cases.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Published:February 6, 2016 3:02 am
Contractor Akshay Doegar (face covered) outside the high court in Shimla on Friday.  Lalit Kumar Contractor Akshay Doegar (face covered) outside the high court in Shimla on Friday. Lalit Kumar

The Special Investigation Team of Himachal Pradesh police, probing the lapses leading to release of sewage into drinking water in Shimla, arrested two more engineers of Irrigation and Public Health department on Friday. The two engineers were looking after the water lifting section of the department at Ashwani Khad from where drinking water is being supplied to the town.

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The release of contaminated water into the main source of drinking water had resulted in a jaundice outbreak with seven deaths and over 1,100 cases.

While the focus of investigation was primarily on the role of officials of Irrigation and Public Health department, besides erring contractor Akshay Doegar, now the officials of Shimla Municipal Corporation and Pollution Control Board are also under scanner.

With the latest arrests, the total number of those held in the case has reached seven. Earlier, an executive engineer, an assistant executive engineer, a junior engineer and a supervisor apart from the contractor were arrested. They are currently lodged at Kaithu jail in Shimla. The bail applications of the five arrested earlier is listed for hearing on Saturday. Their judicial remand will end on February 14.

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