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Two persons died while several others took ill after consuming contaminated water in Jungleshwar area of the city during last two days, a Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) official said. The deceased have been identified as Dinesh Shah (25) and Malik Ram (25). "Both of them died at a civil hospital in the last two days. They were admitted here after they complained of stomach pain and diarrhoea.
Both of them died shortly after being admitted," P P Rathod, RMC health official said. "Dinesh died on June 11, while Malik Ram died yesterday," the official said. "Nearly 28 other persons residing in the same area were complaining of stomach pain and diarrhoea have been admitted in civil as well in private hospitals," the official said. "We came to know that the deceased and those who are currently admitted in hospitals were using water from a public hand-pump. We suspect that the water they consumed might have been contaminated, which led to this tragedy," he said. Meanwhile, the corporation has collected water samples and sealed the hand-pump, the official added.