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Bihar: Violent protests in Chhapra as mid day meal leaves 20 kids dead

Jul 17, 2013 09:36 AM IST India India

Chhapra: Violent protests erupted in Chhapra in Bihar on Wednesday where 20 children died on Tuesday after consuming mid day meal in their school. More than 50 others are in the hospital battling for life.

The Opposition RJD and BJP have called for a bandh in the district on Wednesday, while the LJP called for Bihar bandh. Protesters went on a rampage, damaging public transport. "At one or two places, there were incidents of protesters burning things," said District Magistrate Abhijit Sinha.

The Opposition has launched a scathing attack on the Nitish Kumar government in the state. "There is no responsible governance in Bihar. The BJP and JD(U) just keep fighting with each other. They have forgotten the people of Bihar," said RJD leader Lalu Prasad. "If the state government has any integrity, it will resign and go for elections to see if the people of Bihar have any faith in them at all," BJP leader Giriraj Singh said.

This came after a mid day meal that proved fatal for school children in Chhapra in Bihar left 20 dead and over 50 hospitalised. The state government has ordered an inquiry.

Tragedy struck Dharamsati village on Tuesday afternoon as more than 50 children, all aged between 8 and 12 years, fell seriously ill after eating the mid day meal at their school. "As soon as my son returned from school, we rushed to the hospital with him. His condition was not good. He was vomiting and said his stomach was paining," said a parent.

When the children started vomiting and fainting after the meal, the parents rushed them to the nearby primary health centre. As their condition worsened, they were taken to the Chhapra district hospital.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar immediately summoned the HRD Minister and Departmental Secretary at his residence before rushing them to Chhapra. He also ordered an inquiry into the unfortunate incident, to be conducted by the Saran Commissioner and the DIG of Saran range. The Chief Minister also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the children who died.

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