Four days after Bihar midday meal tragedy, no action from Nitish
It has been four days since the midday meal tragedy shook the State of Bihar, but no arrests have been made in this regard. The headmistress of the school, whom the Bihar Government has blamed for the tragedy, where 23 school children died due to contaminated midday meal, is still at large. The husband of the principal, who allegedly supplied the groceries for lunch, is also absconding.
The keenly-awaited Forensic Science Laboratory’s report is also likely to come on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Bihar Government has concluded that the tragedy took place due to widespread mismanagement among all those people involved in implementing the midday meal scheme.
Earlier, Amarjeet Sinha, principal secretary, education, had said it was not a case of food poisoning but poison in food. He said preliminary findings pointed to insecticide poisoning of the oil and vegetables.
The postmortem of the children confirmed presence of a poisonous substance in the potato-soyabean curry.
Soon after the tragic incidents, a top Government official said that he suspected it could be organo-phosphorous poisoning caused due to traces of insecticides in vegetables.
(With inputs from Agencies)
Niticentral Staff is a Guest Contributor at Niti Central.