Issue Date: Jul 31, 2011
THAT day when Darla Dhanalakshmi suffered severe joint pain and numbness in the limbs she knew something was seriously wrong. She had been suffering from the pain since January after she visited a clinic on the outskirts of Hyderabad. There she was asked to pop an unknown pill. The pain got worse over time. On June 17, Dhanalakshmi, along with nine other women and one man from her neighbourhood in Adarsh Nagar slum, was taken to the Guntur district hospital. All of them had the same symptoms. Some of them were extremely weak and had difficulty in walking. The next day, four women from neighbouring Lenin Nagar slum were also hospitalised.
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