CU Students Protest ‘Dirty Surroundings’ Over Dengue Cases

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Kolkata: Life-threatening disease Dengue matters reached a boiling point at Calcutta University hostel, Baker’s Hostel on 8, Smith Lane in Taltalla, which houses boys studying in various Calcutta University colleges, as students raised slogans against the authorities for not taking steps to ensure cleanliness on the premises, especially during a dengue outbreak.

The hostel witnessed tension through the day and the protest continued on Thursday, when officials at Taltalla police station were informed and had to intervene to bring the situation under control. A special team from the civic body cleaned the premises, which was also dusted with bleaching powder.

Students said that the recent spurt in dengue cases had triggered panic in the hostel, with many even leaving it in fear of the contracting the disease. Some claimed that until Wednesday, even bleaching powder was not once used in the premises to keep mosquitoes away.
A hostel official, however, said that the allegations were not true.

Though Hostel authorities refused to comment on the matter. However, an official said, “The allegations made are not true. With the weather changing, people might have been feeling unwell, but no one has been diagnosed with dengue. As far as other issues are concerned, we are discussing them with the students and things will be sorted out through dialogue.”

On October 24, state Chief Secretary Malay Dey had said that since January this year, 18,238 cases of dengue have been reported from different parts of West Bengal, while 35 people have died due to the vector-borne disease till that date.

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