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Probe into Ireland death urged

NEW DELHI: New Delhi demanded yesterday a “transparent” probe into the death of an Indian woman in Ireland after doctors there allegedly refused to terminate her pregnancy even though she was miscarrying.
New Delhi cranked up the pressure on Dublin over the Oct. 28 death of Savita Halappanavar from septicemia after local politicians expressed their concern and urged the government to act.
Foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said India’s ambassador to Ireland would meet local authorities later yesterday.
“We expect that he will also seek reassurance from the Irish authorities that they will hold an independent, transparent enquiry into the matter,” Akbaruddin told AFP.
“He will request that the Irish authorities keep India informed of the progress and outcome of the enquiry,” the spokesman said, adding that the envoy would also convey the “concern growing in India” over Halappanavar’s death.