Death toll in Beggars Relief Centre rises to 28

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 17:31

Bangalore: One more inmate of the Beggars
Relief Centre here died today, taking the toll to 28 in the
past two weeks.

"A 70 year-old-beggar who was admitted to Victoria
Hospital with old age related ailments ten days ago, breathed
his last today," Principal Secretary, Social Welfare
Department, Venkateshaiah said.
"Over 40 beggars from the Centre suffering from
various diseases were admitted to government hospitals,
discharged and sent back to the Centre after treatment," he
said.

"Over 40 beggars from the Centre suffering from
various diseases were admitted to government hospitals,
discharged and sent back to the Centre after treatment," he
said.

Another 14 are still undergoing treatment in state
hospitals and are stated to be "recovering", Venkateshaiah
said.
General hygiene at the Centre has improved and doctors
deputed there have been attending to the inmates, he said.

The Karnataka government had divested Social Welfare
Minister D Sudhakara of his portfolio and suspended a senior
official following a public outcry over the deaths.
A probe was also ordered into the deaths at the
Centre.
Various steps has been taken to improve conditions at
the Centre, which houses as many as 2,500 inmates against its
capacity of 900, the state government had said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 17:31

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