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Delhi:

After hearing a plea filed on the recent encephalitis deaths at Bihar, the Supreme Court issued a notice to both the Centre and the state government. The notice asks to provide an explanation on the death of close to 130 children in Muzaffarpur.

The plea was filed by advocates Manohar Pratap and Sanpreet Singh Ajmani requesting the court to form a team of medical experts for treatment of children suffering from Encephalitis.

The state government was asked to file an affidavit within a span of seven days on the lack of medical facilities, nutrition and sanitation and the hygiene conditions in the state.

On the same day, the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court in Muzaffarpur also ordered a probe against Union health minister Harsh Vardhan and Bihar health minister Mangal Pandey in the matter.

The apex court also asked if policy initiatives are in place. The court also said that there were reports about villages where there are no children left.

The PIL submitted that the Bihar government should pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of each of the deceased

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