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Jakarta Post

Emergence of child healer claims three human lives

  • Indra Harsaputra


Surabaya   /   Wed, February 11 2009   /  12:25 pm

Thousands of people from remote areas in the province and Central Java were denied access to the residence of a child health practitioner in Jombang on Tuesday following another death from a stampede a day before. Hundreds of police personnel deployed to the site Monday drove away the visitors and barred them from approaching the residence of Mohammad Ponari in Kedungsari village, Megaluh district. Most said they came to the village to cure their illnesses after receiving information on the child, but they did know about the incident and security authorities' banning. Somewhat similar to the Pasuruan tragedy last September, Muhtashor, a 54-year-old resident of Kertosono village in Blitar, died at the Swadana General Hospital in Jombang. Tens of others were rushed to hospital after they were involved in a crowded rush to Ponari's residence to receive medical treatme...