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Chhattisgarh sterilisations: HC reserves order on bail application of Mahawar director

BILASPUR: Chhattisgarh high court has reserved order on bail application of director of Mahawar company, who is in jail in connection with Pendari tubectomy case in which over a dozen women had died. Hearing on bail application of Ramesh Mahawar got over on Tuesday before the bench of Justice Sanjay K Agrawal.

Mahawar manufactures Ciprocin 500 tablets, which were given to patients at Pendari tubectomy camp along with Ibuprofen 400 tablets after their surgery on November 8, 2014.

As many as 83 women were operated upon in the camp, who were all given these medicines. Soon after, most women’s health began to deteriorate and they were rushed to district hospital, CIMS (Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences) and Apollo where within the next three to four days over a dozen of them died.

There are some interesting and glaring facts that the government’s statements and actions following the deaths of the patients of the camp are contradictory. To begin with, the health secretary’s statement that Ciprocin had poison in it came on November 13, 2014, whereas the samples for the test of the said tablets were received by Shriram Institute for Industrial Research, New Delhi on November 14, 2014- a day after the health secretary’s statement.

Moreover, the laboratory provided its test report on November 18, 2014. Shriram Institute for Industrial Research in its report stated that the tablets were tested on mice and “all the animals exhibited toxic signs” and the result “hence the sample does not comply with the test.” Interestingly, Shriram Institute for Industrial Research is not authorized laboratory for such tests.

Neither the Hyderabad nor the Kolkata laboratory report has suggested that the tablets contained any kind of poison. (copies of test results of Shriram Institute for Industrial Research, Central Forensic Science Laboratory Hyderabad and Central Drug Laboratory, Kolkata, are with TOI).

Even the viscera reports released by State Forensic Science Laboratory, Raipur, of at least 10 women conclude, “there is no chemical poison present in the exhibit.”

Apparently there are three persons who prima facie appear to be responsible for the disaster and they are the then block medical officer Dr Pramod Tiwari, who went beyond his official capacity to get the camp conducted at Takhatpur block, Dr R K Gupta, who carried out the surgeries and camp manager Dr Katlam Dhruv, who remained a mute witness.

Forensic expert Dr Sunita Dhenge, who is MSc, Phd in criminology and forensic science and an LLB, said the cause of death of women is medical emergency from septicemia and septic shock. (copies of Dr Dhenge’s report are with TOI).


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