Callous attitude of school administration came to light after at least 120 children fell sick at the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya school in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district due to food poisoning, according to reports. The students complained of nausea and stomach ache after dinner at the school hostel. Many of them vomited a couple of times before being rushed to a local hospital school authorities.

The students were served rice and paneer curry for dinner. Soon after taking their food, they started feeling uneasy and sick. Of the 120 affected, 70 were immediately taken to a Barahaiya-based referral hospital, according to Superintendent of Police Kartikeya Sharma.

According to the latest reports coming in, the doctors attending children said they were out of danger, adding that 20 students were critical and therefore shifted to Sadar hospital as a “precautionary measure”.

District Magistrate Shobhendra Kumar Choudhary, visited the school premises and announced a probe into the incident. Choudhary also ordered the closure of the school for the next 3 days and said “stern action” would be taken against those found guilty.

The incident has come to light only a week after 2 girls in the national capital were taken to hospital after having mid-day meal at a government school in East of Kailash in which a dead lizard was allegedly found. Deputy chief Minister Manish Sisodia ordered the termination of the food supplier’s contract.

A case was registered at Kalyan Puri station after a complaint was received from the school principal.

Sisodia was then quoted as saying that it was a clear case of negligence and such incidents could not be tolerated.

He said the contract of the food supplier has been cancelled. The contractor was responsible for supplying mid-day meal to 61 government schools in Delhi.


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