Students residing at the government’s boys’ hostel in Worli were consuming water as usual from the water tank unaware that it was contaminated with the remains of a dead crow. They informed the hostel authorities after finding worms in their drinking water on Friday,but they claim no action was taken to clean the tank till Monday.
The water was stinking. When we informed the hostel warden and house master,they asked us to approach the social welfare and justice department. On Friday,when we found worms in the water,we checked the water tanks and found a dead crow in one of them,” said a student. The students alleged that two of the five water tanks were left uncovered. The tanks were finally cleaned on Monday,only after we informed an official in the social welfare and justice department through a former hostel inmate, said another student.
When contacted,hostel house master Sunita Mate said it was not a serious matter and students were blowing it out of proportion. The cleaning work of the tanks was on and so they were left uncovered for around an hour. The crow may have fallen into one of the tanks then. The students informed me about a dead crow and contaminated water on Friday. We called people on Sunday night and got all the tanks cleaned by Monday morning, said Mate.
The hostel,under the social welfare and justice department,houses meritorious students from backward classes. This is not the first time that such an incident has occurred at government hostels. Last year,students had found a worm in their food. However,authorities dismissed the issue and blamed the students. Even now,they did not take the issue seriously until the social welfare and justice department intervened, said advocate Manoj Tekade,a former inmate of the hostel.