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Four TDP men injured in attack by YSRCP workers


An aide of a TDP leader and three workers of the party were injured in an attack allegedly by the functionaries of ruling party YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh’s Eluru district.

Shiva Babu, personal assistant of former MLA Chintamaneni Prabhakar and three workers of the opposition TDP were injured in the attack on Sunday nuight near Koppaka in Pedavegi mandal.

The TDP men, who were on their way to Pedakadimi village, were stopped by the group of YSRCP workers when they reached Alugulagudem.

The victims told police that they were attacked with sticks and rods.

Locals shifted the injured to a government-run hospital at Eluru.

As Shiva Babu sustained grievous injuries on the head, he was admitted to a private hospital in the town.

Shiva Babu told police that some YSRCP men were indulging in illegal sand mining by deploying JCBs near Polavaram right canal and they thought that we were coming to stop them.

He alleged that K. Ranga Rao, P. Shiva and others attacked them.

Earlier, tension prevailed at Eluru government hospital when Shiva Babu and others were undergoing treatment and the YSRCP functionaries who had carried out the attack also came there to seek treatment.

Both sides tried to attack each other. Police reached there to control the situation.

Chintamaneni Prabhakar’s wife Radha called on the injured Shiva Babu and other TDP workers at the hospital

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Suspense over Eluru municipal corporation poll


The High Court of Andhra Pradesh has issued a stay order on the election to the Eluru municipal corporation. This order has not reached the State Election Commission (SEC) yet. However, the order has reached the Jagan Reddy Government which is promptly initiating measures to get the stay order lifted.

With no order reaching it till now, the SEC is going ahead with its arrangements for holding the election as scheduled. The polling is to be held on Sunday. As it falls on tomorrow only, there is a lot of suspense on the legal implications of holding the election.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Administration Department is filing a petition before the High Court seeking the stay order to be vacated. The department has not informed the SEC yet.

The differences between the Chief Minister and the SEC are continuing despite repeated intervention of the court. As a result, the procedural delays and confusion are casting a shadow on the election process through all the phases. The court has taken serious note of the petitions filed against the election violations in Eluru. A TDP leader petitioned the court saying that too many errors took place in the voters’ list.

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Mystery illness hits vegetable sales in Eluru


Leafy vegetable vendors in Eluru, the headquarters of West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, have been witnessing a dip in their business due to the outbreak of the recent mystery illness.

“Since 4-5 days, leafy vegetables are not moving. People are not coming to buy vegetables. We are just sitting with them, without any business,” said a vendor.

Following the illness outbreak, which is yet to be conclusively identified, many people are exercising caution. Experts from several reputed organisations have already taken samples of items which the victims have used for cooking for investigation. The samples include vegetables, rice, fish, meat and soil, among others.

Mohan, the Superintendent of West Godavari district hospital, said that people in Eluru have been advised to wash the vegetables thoroughly before use. The doctors too adviced washing vegetables with salt water to be safe.

As many as 14 expert agencies have asked for more time to properly investigate the samples.

Symptoms of the mysterious illness include three to five minutes of epileptic fits without repetition, forgetfulness, anxiety, vomiting, headache and back pain.

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Eluru mystery illness: Total cases reach 593, only 46 active


The number of cases of the mysterious illness, in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district headquarters Eluru reached 593, but active cases had declined to 46 on Wednesday evening.

The remaining affected of the illness whose symptoms included three to five minutes of epileptic fits, forgetfulness, anxiety, vomiting, headache and back pain have been discharged.

West Godavari Joint Collector Himanshu Shukla, who called the outbreak a “point source epidemic”, said 10 more people are ready to get discharged.

Eluru, which is 58 km northeast of Vijayawada, is a coastal paddy cultivation and aquaculture hub.

Until now, 22 water samples have been tested, which showed E Coli to be normal while pesticide, organochlorine, has been found.

Likewise, 10 blood samples examined for heavy metals found a high presence of lead as well as nickel.

“Forty new samples of blood and urine were sent to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi for further investigation,” said an official statement.

A total of 35 samples of cerebral spinal fluid, tested for cell count, have emerged normal, and so has their smear test. Their culture report was found to be negative for known viruses and bacteria.

Similarly, 45 CT scans have emerged normal, as well as nine milk samples.

Officials are awaiting results for 20 samples of vegetables sent to National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) at Tarnaka in Hyderabad and 10 cellular and molecular analysis samples sent to Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Habsiguda, Hyderabad.

Similarly, results for chemical analysis of 10 more blood serum samples sent to the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad are also awaited.

A four-member NIN team has been deputed to Eluru while a two-member World Health Organisation (WHO) team has also arrived.

A joint team with experts from the National Institute of Virology (Pune), National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and AIIMS was also expected.

Officials are yet to reach a conclusion on the cause of Eluru’s mysterious illness but suspect that lead or organochlorine or a combination of both might have caused the outbreak.

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Naidu letter to Jagan for mobile mineral water in Eluru


Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu wrote a letter to Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, saying that there were rising fears over the presence of heavy metals like lead and nickel in the drinking water. The Government should immediately address these concerns and ensure proper drinking water supply through mobile mineral water plants and such measures.

Mr. Naidu said that the presence of heavy metals would have a serious impact on the health of pregnant women, children and the aged people. Hence, every resident in the town should be given electronic health cards. Every patient should be monitored on a long-term basis. The best medical care should be provided with the help of national and international medical experts. A scientific study of the Eluru illness should be made in order to find out the root cause.

Mr. Chandrababu Naidu reiterated his party demand for ‘health emergency’ so that all necessary steps could be taken to create confidence among the people and the patients. Protected drinking water was every citizen’s right and it was the duty of the Government. The Supreme Court had upheld the right to water as a fundamental right. Article 21 of the Constitution also said the same. It was unfortunate that the AP Government had failed to ensure protected drinking water and proper sanitation.

The TDP chief expressed serious concern over the rising cases in Eluru. Over six to seven hundred people had fallen sick and were admitted to hospitals in just five to six days. Alarmingly, the symptoms of the patients were changing each day. There were increasing fears over lack of immediate reasons for the mass affliction in the town.

Mr. Naidu strongly objected to the Jagan regime for not opening a ‘helpline’ for the victims of the Eluru illness till now. A ‘special control room’ should be set up immediately. The best medical care should be provided to all those patients who have similar symptoms like fits, frothing, fatigue, etc. ‘Quick response teams’ should be formed. There was a need for an urgent relief and assistance mechanism.

The TDP demanded immediate health and life insurance for every patient in Eluru. Their health profile should be closely monitored in order to avoid any future complications. In addition to Eluru, cleaning of water tanks and drinking water sources should be taken up in all towns, villages and cities across the State. Tests should be conducted on drinking water samples periodically.

There was a need for special drives on safe drinking water supply in order to prevent recurrence of incidents like Eluru illness. All focus should be given to sanitation and cleanliness at water bodies, reservoirs, tanks, drinking water pipelines, water taps and so on. Special care should be given to protected water. Trust should be created among the people in Eluru and in all other parts of the State.

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CM Jagan to call on victims of Eluru mystery disease


The West Godavari district officials are making all arrangements for Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s visit to Eluru today to call on the victims of the mystery illness there. The CM will visit the Government General Hospital and later hold a review meeting on the health and sanitation aspects at the Zilla Parishad Hall.

The ruling YCP has first tried to downplay the problem saying the disease is yet to be diagnosed and test results were yet to come. The Government officials ruled out contamination of water as per the tests conducted already.

Later, the Governor asked the Government to take all measures possible to address the Eluru mystery disease and provide relief to the patients and their families. Even the Union Home Ministry has come forward to extend all the required assistance to the State Government. Union Minister of State for Home Kishan Reddy had spoken to Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney and enquired about the health crisis in the West Godavari town.

Now, the Chief Minister is making the visit today amid rising concerns and allegations on the lack of expected attention by the civic officials to launch preventive measures. Opposition leaders have already made visits to the localities in Eluru where the outbreak was reported. As on today, over 290 persons were affected while one person died. The localitied affected by the disease were Vidyanagar, Padamara Veedhi, Dakshina Veedhi, Toorpu Veedhi, Ashoknagar and Arundhatiyanagar.

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One man dies while 250 fall ill due to Eluru mystery disease


The outbreak of the mystery disease in Eluru town is posing a big challenge for the YCP Government. The officials have announced that there is no water contamination in the localities. In the past one week, over 250 persons were taken ill. Tonight, one person succumbed to the illness.

A 45-year-old named Sridhar, a resident of Vidyanagar locality, passed away while receiving treatment at the Eluru hospital. The family members turned angry and criticised the negligence of the health officials for the death. The local people have been blaming the ruling YCP leaders for not taking timely steps to prevent the tragedy.

Alarmingly, all the patients were showing similar symptoms like frothing at their mouths and falling unconscious. The health officials were waiting for some more test reports to confirm the exact disease that was affecting the residents. Initially, there were reports that toxic gases from underground drainage have affected the people.

The Opposition TDP has demanded an impartial inquiry into the incident. It said that the YCP Government was failing in all emergency situations like cyclones, Covid, etc.

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Lokesh visits Eluru, demands health emergency


Former Minister Nara Lokesh has visited Eluru and called on the patients who were suffering the mystery illness there. He visited the Government General Hospital where most of the victims were receiving the treatment. He blamed the Government’s negligence for the outbreak of the disease in different localities in the West Godavari district headquarters town.

The former Minister also visited the areas in Eluru where the disease spread. Though initial reports attributed the illness due to supply of contaminated drinking water, the health officials were still unable to diagnose which disease was afflicting the people there.

Mr. Lokesh enquired from the local people their problems and assured that the TDP would stand by them in their hour of need. It was unfortunate that there were no proper basic amenities which led to the outbreak of the disease in the constituency of the Health Minister himself.

Stating that more cases were still being reported, Mr. Lokesh demanded the Government to declare a health emergency in Eluru town and initiate all the necessary steps to mitigate the illness. The Chief Minister was only preferring to fly in air and not coming down to help the suffering people on the ground.

Mr. Lokesh deplored that for the last five days, cases of mystery illness were coming up in Eluru town but the officials and the Government miserably failed to initiate timely action.

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