A state-appointed committee on ‘adverse effects following immunisation’ (AEFI) has, however, said all six deaths were unrelated to the vaccine. Diarrohea, viral hepatitis and pulmonary aspiration were found to be among the causes of deaths in these cases.
Documents accessed by The Sunday Express show that just a month before WCD issued tenders for contentious EDNF in July 2017, the tribal department had warned against the proposed benefits of the packaged food to combat malnutrition.
At 10.30 pm, Vishal borrowed Rs 500 from Durga and left their Mulund flat. At 1 am, he texted his father Mahendra, a businessman: ‘I am going to a party. See you tomorrow.’ The next morning, Thakkar went missing. Vishu, as his family called him, would be 33 years old now.
Officials at the Women and Child Development (WCD) department said that RUTF, in the form of a paste, will be provided to all Village Child Development Centres (VCDCs) for Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) children registered with anganwadis.
Majid suffered from brain haemorrhage and a kidney ailment. Her family said that they have neither been offered the Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia paid to the kin of others who died in the tragedy, nor the compensation of Rs 1 lakh or Rs 2 lakh paid to those injured.
Sunder Singh (28) was running a pav-bhaji and vada-pav stall in Diva besides doing odd jobs, including as a waiter, in the months that followed the investigation into the kidney racket. He had donated his right kidney to a Gujarat recipient in April 2016 for Rs 55,000 after his employer at a Grant Road-based video parlour allegedly lured him to illegally donate his organ.
Besides the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), officials at Bal Anand Worldchildren Welfare Trust in Chembur is also probing into the deaths to understand what led to acute gastroenteritis, vomiting and dehydration in infants between December 23 and December 26.
By Sunday evening, three labourers remained admitted for head and limb injuries while five others were discharged. The deceased, all migrant workers, have been identified as Raman Kumar Lal Mandal (29), Subhash Chauhan (38) and Rajendra Nishad (40).
Hamid Ansari reached his house in Mumbai on Thursday. He had left India in November 2012 to meet a girl he befriended in Pakistan through Facebook after which he was arrested in Pakistan for illegally entering the country through Afghanistan.
Speaking to The Indian Express over phone, she said: “When I met him for first time, he didn’t even have spectacles. He could not see properly. He got scared that an old woman was approaching him in jail. Today, when I spoke to him after he reached India, we laughed over that memory.”