One person dead, nine others injured after consuming 'prasad' served outside Karnataka temple

Bengaluru: A woman died and nine others, including two children, were hospitalised after they allegedly consumed 'prasadam' (offering) served outside a temple in Chikkaballapura district, about 100 km from Bengaluru, police said on Saturday.

Two women have been detained in this connection, they said.

 One person dead, nine others injured after consuming prasad served outside Karnataka temple

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Kavita (22) died, while nine others, including four of her family, were admitted to a hospital on Friday after eating the offering.

Two unidentified women came to the Gangamma Devi temple in Chintamani Town where a grand celebration took place Friday night, and distributed Kesari Bhat (halwa) to the devotees.

After consuming it, people started complaining of stomach pain, police said, adding they were rushed to a private hospital in the town.

"The temple management is not involved as nobody had prepared any 'prasad' there. Two women had brought some 'prasad' and were distributing it," police said.

Efforts are on to trace the women who distributed the offering outside the temple, they said. Expressing shock over the incident, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said a guideline would be formulated.

"The recurrence of such incidents warrants a guideline. In this regard, we will take necessary steps after discussing with officials," he said in a statement.

Last month, 17 people lost their lives and more than 100 were hospitalised in Chamarajnagar district of Karnataka after they consumed 'prasad' laced with poison at a temple. A seer of Salur Math Pattada Immadi Mahadevaswamy and three others were arrested on charges of murder and attempt to murder for reportedly poisoning the temple offering.

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Updated Date: Jan 26, 2019 21:51:28 IST