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Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy: Rahul Gandhi to visit Bilaspur on Saturday

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit Bilaspur tomorrow where botched sterilisation surgeries left 13 women dead, party sources said on Friday.  



Raipur: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit Bilaspur tomorrow where botched sterilisation surgeries left 13 women dead, party sources said on Friday.

According to news reports, Rahul will meet the family members of the victims and take stock of the corrective measures being taken by the state government.

Earlier in the day, a single-member commission under retired judge Anita Jha was constituted to probe the botched sterilisation surgeries at Bilaspur's government-run medical camps, which have so far claimed lives of 13 young women and left nearly 138 ill. The state government has also asked the probe panel to submit its report within three months.

As Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh came under attack over the deaths and allegations of spurious drugs being given, the director of a drug company, which allegedly supplied sub-standard medicines that were administered to the victims, and his son were arrested here today.

Apart from this, the state government has also announced  a compensation of Rs. two lakh to the kin of each of the victims.

While 83 women were operated upon at Nemichand Jain Cancer and Research Centre at Pendari village of Takhatpur block on November 8, around 56 women underwent surgeries at three different camps in Pendra block on November 10.

The commission will investigate the untoward incident on number of points, including if standard protocol was followed at these camps, circumstances that led to the incident, whether medicines used at the camps were of standard quality, who are those accountable for this incident, measures that can be taken to avoid recurrence of such incidents and others, as per an government statement.

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