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Cow Dung Mixed in Water Tanker Sickens Children in Tamil Nadu’s Dalit Area

Several children fell ill after consuming contaminated drinking water in Gandharvakottai town, Pudukottai district of Tamil Nadu. The overhead water tank serving a Dalit (Scheduled Caste) locality was found to be contaminated with cow dung on Friday, April 2.

The 10,000-liter overhead tank, built in 2014 to provide potable water to the Adi Dravidar residential area in Sangam Viduthi Panchayat, was deliberately contaminated by unidentified individuals. Children who unknowingly consumed the tainted water experienced symptoms like nausea and vomiting, requiring hospitalization at Tiruvonam Government Hospital.

Cow Dung in Drinking Water Tank Shocks Residents

Residents of the Dalit community were shocked and outraged upon discovering cow dung in their drinking water supply. The incident raised concerns about the safety and dignity of the marginalized community.

Tamil Nadu Officials Launch Investigation

Commissioner Periyasamy, accompanied by local authorities, inspected the water tank and confirmed the presence of cow dung. He ordered the collection of water samples for testing and directed officials to investigate the incident thoroughly.

The commissioner assured the affected community that strict actions would be taken against the perpetrators responsible for this contamination. Arrangements were made to supply clean water from a nearby village to mitigate the immediate crisis.

Water Contamination Sparks Outrage and Demands for Justice

The deliberate contamination of the drinking water supply has sparked widespread outrage, with calls for swift action to identify and hold the culprits accountable. The incident highlights the ongoing struggle for dignity and equal treatment faced by marginalized communities in Tamil Nadu and across India.

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