Dead rats found in Delhi government school’s mid-day meal, nine students hospitalized

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New Delhi | Published: February 17, 2017 10:29:05 AM

In an unfortunate incident of food poisoning, nine students of a government school at Deoli of Delhi were hospitalised on Thursday, after they consumed mid-day meal in which, allegedly dead rat was found.

Claiming that a rat was actually found in the mid-day meal, a mother of one student stated that such negligence is unacceptable. (ANI)Claiming that a rat was actually found in the mid-day meal, a mother of one student stated that such negligence is unacceptable. (ANI)

In an unfortunate incident of food poisoning, nine students of a government school at Deoli of Delhi were hospitalised on Thursday, after they consumed mid-day meal in which, allegedly dead rat was found. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia asserted that an FIR would be registered against the meal supplier and they would be blacklisted.

Claiming that a rat was actually found in the mid-day meal, a mother of one student stated that such negligence is unacceptable. Congress leader Kiran Walia urged for strict supervision on the cleanliness and hygenine during food preparation and demanded for an enquiry where nobody should be spared.

Post visiting the Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital in Malviya Nagar on Thursday night, along with Directorate of Education (DoE) Director Saumya Gupta, Sisodia asserted that the students were alright. The food in the school was supplied by an agency called the Jan Chetna Jagriti & Shaikshanik Vikas.

As reported by Indian Express, a teacher of the school said, “There was aloo puri on the menu today. While the food was being served, two rats found their way into the sabzi given to some children from classes VI-VIII. Teachers found the rats and raised an alarm. Some of the students began to feel sick and were eventually taken to the hospital. We then informed police.”

According to a school management committee member, one rat was thrown away while the other was was retained for inspection. In a report by The Indian Express, a senior DoE official was quoted, saying, “It is suspected that only one rat was found in the mid-day meal and we have sent it for testing. Four children have complained of vomiting, while others have stomach ache. Once it’s confirmed that it was a rat, strict action will be taken.”

In strong reactions on the incident Deputy CM Sisodia, in a series of tweets, stated, “Such great negligence in matters relating to children will not be tolerated. From tomorrow, mid-day meals will be prepared in the presence of our officers.”

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