Assam: 145 fall ill after having biryani at government event in Karbi Anglong; probe ordered

Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who was present at the programme along with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, had also taken ill

Press Trust of India February 04, 2021 08:54:51 IST
Assam: 145 fall ill after having biryani at government event in Karbi Anglong; probe ordered

Diphu: As many as 145 people were hospitalised due to suspected food poisoning in Assam's Karbi Anglong district after having biryani at a government function attended by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, prompting the authorities to order an inquiry on Wednesday, officials said.

Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who was also present at the programme held in the Diphu Medical College on Tuesday, said he had fallen ill after having the food but he is fine now.

Sonowal inaugurated the academic session of the MBBS course at the medical college and around 8,000 people who attended it were served packed biryani.

The health minister said at a press conference in Guwahati that 145 people were admitted to hospital since Tuesday night and 28 of them were discharged. He said that 117 people are still under treatment and they are all doing fine.

Sarma said that he also had food from the "same kitchen and no doubt, I too suffered from stomach upset but am fine now".

Karbi Anglong Deputy Commissioner NG Chandra Dhwaja Singha said that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the circumstances leading to the incident.

One person who attended the event died at a hospital on Tuesday night but it was yet to be ascertained whether food poisoning was the cause of his death, he said. Food samples were collected and sent for testing. Those who were admitted to the hospital complained of abdominal pain and vomiting.

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