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Naga jawan dies in Jharkhand
Correspondent/Agencies KOHIMA, DEC 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Dec. 2009 1:12 AM IST
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In worrying signs, a Naga jawan of the 13th IRB currently posted in Jharkhand on poll duty died of Malaria and Typhoid on Tuesday at around 11.00 am on Tuesday at Ranchi. The jawan identified as Late Constable Neitho-o Yakhro, son of Dietho-o Yakhro, Kigwema village, in his early 20s was the second eldest, among four brothers and three sisters. His body was expected to be flown in by air at Dimapur Airport on Wednesday afternoon. More than 25 IRB boys were admitted to the dengue ward of the government-run RIMS hospital last Thursday night after they complained of fever, headache and vomiting. The Naga jawans were deputed to the Tamar (ST) constituency on poll duty. Tamar, apart from being infested with Maoists, is a malaria prone belt dotted with green hills and forest where there is no potable water. The Indian Express reported that the chief election commissioner Navin Chawla directed the state administration last Saturday to adopt preventive measures to ensure that the policemen and the poll staff engaged in the next three phases of elections don’t fall sick. “If the need be, we can send a plane load of mosquito nets, mosquito coils and medicines from New Delhi,” Chawla said. “Now onwards, we will keep an eye over their medical requirements,” he added. Following the CEC’s directive, all deputy commissioners and SPs in the poll-bound constituencies were asked to provide mosquito nets, coils and medicines to the poll staff and the policemen.

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