Via The Times of India: Cholera sets off protest outside Ripon. Excerpt:
CHENNAI: Residents of several localities in the city, led by activists of the All India Women's Democratic Association and Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), on Friday gathered on the lawns of Ripon Buildings, Chennai Corporation's headquarters, to protest against the indifference of civic agencies to the spate of diarrhoea and cholera cases in the city.
Mayor Saidai Duraisamy had on Wednesday glibly told the corporation council that there was no death due to cholera in Chennai and newspaper reports on 29 deaths due to the disease this year were false. The corporation later clarified that staff had wrongly entered the cause of death as cholera in several cases.
During Friday's protest DYFI members demanded that the corporation clear garbage and plug leaks in the sewage network. They also demanded that Metrowater provide clean drinking water.
The protest continued for an hour but the corporation did not bother to send a senior official to speak to the agitated residents. Policemen intervened and stopped protesters when they tried to enter the offices of corporation officials.