Dengue: Calcutta High Court Gives State A Week To File Report

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Kolkata: Calcutta high court’s acting Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee, on Friday, directed the state government to file a detailed report on prevalence of dengue in the state by next Friday.

The division bench was hearing three public interest litigations (PILs) moved before it. Issuing its directive, the bench also directed that three more PILs on dengue filed during the day would also be heard next Friday .

During the hearing, Rabishankar Chatterjee, who appeared for petitioner and advocate Anindya Sundar Das, pleaded that the court to hear the petition during the day itself as dengue was assuming epidemic proportions in Bengal.

However, the BJP, CPM and Congress recently hit the streets protesting the government’s stand. Opposition party leaders have alleged that the government is hiding figures and downplaying the menace, even as media reports highlight dengue deaths everyday. Left parties on Thursday demonstrated at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

On October 30, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had told mediapersons that till that date, forty cases of dengue deaths had been reported, of which 13 were “confirmed” and reported by state-run hospitals, whereas the 27 “unconfirmed” cases were reported by private hospitals.