In a horrific case, 8 children died and around 50 were admitted in a hospital after consuming a mid-day meal in a state-run school located in the Chhapra district of Bihar.
According to CNN-IBN, all the children had consumed the mid-day meal in a school after which they took ill and began vomiting and exhibiting other signs of food poisoning.
At least 10 students were still in critical condition, reported NDTV.
The Chief Minister called for an emergency meeting following the incident to assess the cause of the deaths and what steps were being taken, reported Times Now.
The Chief Minister has announced a compensation of Rs two lakh for the families of the children who died in the incident, the channel reported.
"It is a very unfortunate situation and we are very concerned. We will have to wait for the final result but it is a case of laxity on the part of the state administration. At the end of the day the government has to be more responsible," BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who is from the district, said.
A forensic team has also been sent to take samples of the food served to the children to ascertain the cause of death.
First Published On : Jul 16, 2013 19:26 IST