Tripura: 150 fall ill after eating 'prasad'

Dec 17, 2012, 13:24 IST | Agencies

Nearly 150 people fell ill in Tripura after consuming 'prasad' distributed during a religious function.

At least 150 people, including children and women, fell ill after they ate 'prasad' at a tribal puja Sunday night and 75 of them were admitted to hospitals, officials said. Their condition is now stable.

"In all, 150 people, including women and children, took ill. Of them, 75 people have been admitted to the two government hospitals in Udaipur of Gomti district in south Tripura Sunday night," a health department spokesman told reporters.

The 'prasad' (an offering to a deity) was distributed after the tribals' traditional 'Ker' puja at the tribal-dominated Duptali village, 75 km south of Agartala.

The health department has sent two medical teams to the village.

"The condition of all 150 is now state to be stable," the spokesman said quoting the doctors.

On Monday, the health department organised two health camps in the village with expert doctors and additional nursing staffs for the ailing people.

State planning board vice-chairman and former minister Keshab Majumder and local Communist Party of India-Marxist legislator Madhab Saha have been supervising the relief efforts. 

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