Bihar students attack teachers over lunches

Students from a government-run school in Bihar have beaten up their teachers in protest at what they say is the poor quality of their lunch.

Left over: The scattered belongings of children who consumed the meal, after which many started to vomit and complain of stomach aches

The violence in Nawada district came days after 23 children died from eating a school meal elsewhere in the state.

More than 100 students from a school in Bhikhampur village visited a government office to protest against the quality of the mid-day meal.

The teachers were assaulted when they came to give their side of the story.

On Tuesday, 47 primary school children in the village of Dharmasati Gandaman in Saran district fell ill after consuming the contaminated meal of rice and soybeans.
Twenty-three died and many others are still in hospital.

On Friday, more than 100 students, carrying placards and shouting slogans, gathered outside the office of the Nawada district magistrate.

When their school teachers arrived to present their case, the angry students tore the shirts of the teachers and heckled them. The teachers managed to free themselves and fled. Nawada district magistrate Aadesh Titarmare said he was aware of the incident but did not have details.

Panic spreads
Panic gripped the Patna Medical College and Hospital yesterday when a leakage was detected in an oxygen gas cylinder in the children’s ward. The hospital has under treatment 25 children who suffered food poisoning in Saran district.

“The leakage created panic but the situation was soon brought under control,” an officer said.

22 students taken ill after eating mid-day meal in Goa school
Twenty-two primary students from a school in Ponda were rushed to a hospital after they complained of stomach pain and vomiting after eating a mid-day meal yesterday. An education department official said the students were eating a meal comprising vegetable and lentil curry at the St Joseph High School in Usgao in Ponda sub-district. The students are now out of hospital, but Education Director Swapnil Naik said the source of the contamination is being investigated. 

Principal still absconding, grieving parents go on rampage
Grieving parents rampaged through Gandaman village in Bihar to protest the deaths of 23 pupils who ate a poisoned school lunch and the perceived slow police response to the tragedy.

Laying down their loved ones: Parents of the children who died after consuming the poisoned food dig up graves for the deceased in the school premises. pic/AFP

Parents smashed up the home of the school’s headmistress and attacked government offices in the village, where the children died after being served a meal, apparently laced with insecticide, on Tuesday. “Why have the police not been able to arrest the headmistress who forced our children to eat poisonous food? She should be killed,” said bereaved father Surendra Rai, who took part in the raid late Thursday after most of the children were buried.

The parents of the dead children ransacked the home of headmistress Meena Kumari, who fled the village as pupils started to fall ill, smashing windows and attempting to set the property on fire, angry that she had not been arrested. Anguished parents also tried to break into two small government offices where food supplies, which are rationed for residents. 

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