One dies, several fall ill after drinking contaminated water in Karnataka village; CM orders probe

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addresses a press conference in Bengaluru. Photo: PTI

Mysuru: A youth is suspected to have died and many others fell ill after drinking contaminated water in a village here on May 20. The deceased is Kanakaraj (20). The affected persons were admitted to the hospital, police said on Tuesday.
Taking serious note of the incident, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday directed authorities concerned to investigate the matter and ensure proper treatment to those in the hospital. 

"The CM instructed the officials to ascertain the cause of water pollution and take appropriate action," the CM's office said in a statement.

According to police, Kanakaraj died after consuming the contaminated water in Salundi village under Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency. He was admitted to a private hospital in the city on Monday with symptoms of vomiting. He died without responding to treatment. 

A few others with similar symptoms have been admitted to the hospital. On learning about the incident, Siddaramaiah spoke to the Deputy Commissioner and the District Health Officer over phone regarding the death. 
(With PTI inputs)

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