‘Expired’ Biscuits By School Administration; 63 Students Fall Sick

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Lucknow: At least 63 students at a government-run school in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi district were taken ill after they consumed expired biscuits given to them by the school administration.

The incident took place on Wednesday evening. Students of the Aashram Paddati Vidyalaya suffered abdominal pain and started vomiting after which they were admitted to a local hospital. “All the 63 students at the hospital are stable now. Other 42 students have also been examined. We seized samples of biscuits on the complaint of students and found out they were expired. The food store in the school has been sealed. Strict action will be taken against defaulters,” said a district administration official.

Meanwhile, the students complained that they were being provided unhygienic food in the school. An FIR has been lodged against the contractor supplying food items to a state-run residential school in Bhadohi district after 63 children were taken ill on Wednesday evening after eating expired biscuits.

Principal suspended
• The principal of the school where the children were taken ill has been suspended and a case registered against the food supplier, District Magistrate Visakh G said.

• “Principal of the school, Pankaj Patel, has been suspended, and a case registered against Dilip Kumar Gupta (owner of Naman Traders which supplies food to the school). Orders have also been issued to arrest him,” Visakh said.