Sun, 29 May 2011 10:05:15 GMT

Raj maternity deaths: Protesters damage PDIL gate near Indore

Indore, May 28 (PTI) Demanding closure of city-based drug firm Parental Drug India Limited (PDIL) over a series of deaths of pregnant women in Rajasthan hospitals recently, activists today held protests at the firm''s factory in Khudel, about 15 kms from here, police said.
The protesters, shouting slogans against the company, arrived at the main gate and held demonstrations holding placards this afternoon. They demanded closure of the unit citing presence of fungus in the intravenous fluid manufactured by it that allegedly resulted in the maternal deaths.
"They (protesters) violently smashed the gate, pillars, and sign boards of the company," M G Srivastava, in-charge of Khudel police station, told PTI on phone.
"When we reached (the spot) after being informed by the factory people there was no one present outside the factory...
(what was) only seen (was) the damage caused to the factory gate and sign boards (there)," Srivastava said.
Assistant Manager of PDIL Laxman Sonwani said, "There were about dozens of protesters who tried to enter the premises but they were prevented by the local guards as the gate was already closed".
The company manufactures IV glucose bottles and there was nothing wrong in the production so far, Sonwani said.
Atleast 17 women reportedly died post delivery due to the IV-glucose drip manufactured by PDIL, containing infected fungus, which was administered to them at Umed Hospital in Jodhpur in the last two months.
Rajasthan government had set up a number of high-level enquiries into the cases following the incidents.

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