The district Janata Dal(S) has accused the Health Department of failing to prevent the outbreak of malaria in several villages coming under the Gadiganur Primary Health Centre. It has said that the department had failed to check the spread of the disease.

It is a matter of concern that 34 deaths had occurred due to the outbreak of the disease, that too in the home district of Health Minister B. Sriramulu, J.S. Sumangala, president of the Janata Dal(S) district women's wing, told presspersons at Bhuvanahalli village, which has witnessed the highest number of such deaths.

Expressing surprise over the number of deaths that have been reported, Ms. Sumangala urged the health authorities to find out if it was malaria or something else. According to her, these many deaths would not have occurred due to an outbreak of malaria.

Ms. Sumangala, along with Mundargi Nagaraj, party's general secretary, Vannur Sab, Hanumantha Reddy, Somashekar Gowda and Bhaskar Reddy, party workers, distributed, on behalf of the party, a token compensation of Rs. 5,000 to each of the family of the bereaved in Bhuvanahalli, Gadiganur and other places.

B. Shivappa, Deputy Commissioner, has said that malaria was under control. He said that precautionary measures had been being taken.