Protest in India Following Deadly School Poisoning
Approximately 22 children have died of food poisoning in Patna, the state capital of Bihar, eastern India. The children became ill after eating a free school meal of rice and lentils. A further 35 children are being treated in hospital, and 10 are thought to be in a critical condition.
Medical personnel at the local hospital treating the children, who are all aged between five and twelve, have said they suspect the food was contaminated with insecticide.
As news spread of the tragedy a group of protesters gathered to demand the arrest of the supplier who provided the school with tainted produce, and for the families of all the affected children to be paid compensation. The Province’s chief minister has already offered $3,000 in compensation to the dead children’s families, according to local officials.
All food preparation equipment at the school has been seized by police, and a full enquiry into the incident has been ordered.