Bird flu test lab chief gets gunman

PTI, Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government posted a gunman at the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL), the only lab capable of testing for bird flu.
HSADL director Dr H K Pradhan expressed apprehension about his security after the lab confirmed some cases of bird flu. He had written to the state police chief seeking protection.
“Since he was apprehensive about his security, we have provided a gunman,” Superintendent of Police A K Singh said adding patrolling around HSADL has also been intensified.
Pradhan confirmed additional security had been provided to him but declined further comment. HSADL came into the limelight in February after it detected bird flu in Maharashtra. Security concerns arose soon after it again detected avian influenza in Jalgaon sources said.

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