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Dead lizard found in govt school's mid day meal; 76 children taken ill

Jul 30, 2013 03:56 PM IST India India

Jaipur: In less than a month since the Bihar mid day meal tragedy, 76 students of a government school were rushed to hospital after eating the mid day meal in Rajasthan's Bhilwara district on Tuesday. While most of them have been discharged, at least 12 children are still undergoing treatment in a hospital. This came after a dead lizard was reportedly found in the mid day meal.

"The children of the higher primary school in Baneda complained of nausea after having the meal," district Collector Onkar Singh told PTI.

The Collector said he ordered examination of the meal, after which the school staff found a dead lizard in it. "The children were rushed to hospitals and given treatment. Their condition is normal and they are likely to be discharged soon," he said.

"The Headmaster of the school, Kailash Garg, and mid-day meal in-charge, Dinesh, were suspended," he said, adding that Additional Block Education Officer Ladu was removed from his post and put under APO (Awaiting Posting Order) status.

"Three cooks, who prepared the food, were also removed," he said.

"The authorities said that the lizard must have fallen from the roof after the meal was prepared," said a villager in Baneda.

Several incidents have recently been reported of students of government schools falling ill after consuming contaminated mid-day meals in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and some other states.

(with additional information from PTI)