Chhapra mid-day meal case: Forensic report confirms pesticide in food

Chhapra mid-day meal case: Forensic report confirms pesticide in food

Zee Media Bureau

Patna: The Forensic Science Laboratory's (FSL) report on Saturday in Bihar’s mid-day meal tragedy stated that high quantity of organo phosphorus pesticide was found in the food items that the children consumed.

“Organo phosphorus has been found in the food, it is normally used in insecticides,” Ravindra Kumar, ADG, Bihar told reporters here on Saturday.

The death toll in Chhapra’s mid-day meal disaster rose to 23 on Saturday.

The Forensic Science Laboratory report found Monocrotophos, an organophosphorous compound in the samples of oil from the container, food remains on the platter and mixture of rice with vegetables on Aluminium tasla (utensil), Additional Director General of Police (HQ) Ravinder Kumar told reporters making the report public.

Monocrotophos is used as a pesticide for agricultural purposes. It is very toxic to human beings and other animals, the ADG said quoting the FSL report.

The report confirmed the Bihar government's apprehension that the food given to the children of Dharmasati Gandaman primary school at Chhapra was poisoned.

A total 23 children died after eating the meal while 24 others and the cook Manju Devi are undergoing treatment at Patna Medical College and Hospital.

"It was also observed from the data available in the FSL report that the peak area of the poisonous substance in the oil was more than 5 times in comparison to the commercial preparation used as a control," the ADG said.

The ADG said the sample results were compared with a control standard (Hilcron) procured from the market. The peak retention times matched the sample, which again confirmed the presence of the pesticide in the samples.

To highlight authenticity, the report said results were interpreted using NIST library, which is an internationally accepted database.

The FSL scientists tested samples of the suspected poisonous cooking medium found in a plastic container, the cooking utensil and the leftover food from a platter, Kumar said quoting the report.

Some other material like froth from the mouth of one sick child, which was collected in a cotton gauge, water and oil was taken from the place of occurance by the police were also subjected to forensic analysis, he said adding the scientists used standard analytical method on GCMS instrument for the lab test.

Details like from where the killer pesticide came and who mixed it in oil would be answered in reports of the police investigation which is still in progress.

The incident took place in Dharamsati primary school in Masrakh in Saran district on Tuesday.

The children belonging to the age group of 8 to 12 years fell ill soon after eating the meal, which consisted of rice, pulse and soyabean.

A case was later registered against the school's headmistress Meena Devi who has been on the run ever since.

According to district officials probing the incident, Meena Devi had forced the cook to use the oil despite the latter's complaint that it had a pungent smell.

A government inquiry report has blamed her for the deaths of the children who had consumed mid-day meal on Tuesday.

On Thursday, 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.

According to a Saran district official, the forensic science experts had collected samples of the oil used to cook the meal late Tuesday night. "The oil samples had a bad odour," officials said.

With PTI inputs

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This is not correct because, Total 80 childrens has dead.

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Undoubtedly BJP is behind this tragedy. When Modi made a call to BJP workers in Bihar and asked them to teach a lesson to Nitish, he meant the bodh gaya blasts and this incident. Modi is a kind of person who will dare to do anything for power. He killed his own fried Haren pandya and also thousands of people during 2002 gujart riots., Killing school kids is nothing for him.

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In the past 67 years Government was not able to provide drinkable water. Why such schemes like Mid day MEAL & food security BILL???

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OUR COUNTRY IS FULL OF PARASITES............WHICH NO POLICE AND NO COURT CAN KILL THEM...........``.WE NEED GOOD PESTICIDE TO KILL THEM `` OTHERWISE SUCH INCIDENCES WILL CONTINUE

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If a person die in criminal assault in US the US president have to explain to the public how and why it has happened and what action is being taken.See our Nitish he is so seriously ill that he cant offer a statement on this tragedy.Had these childerens belongs to the favoured community of Nitish he would have come out even in critical health condition to give a statement all the parents will be given 10lacs and one member of the family will be provided the govt job.Cong and JDU playing the same card in Hindustan why?

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dont worry its nitish`s bihar. bodh gaya blast - no arrest, mid day meal - no arrest!!! its model state of india!! keep it up!!!!!

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OUR COUNTRY IS FULL OF PARASITES............WHICH NO POLICE AND NO COURT CAN KILL THEM...........``.WE NEED GOOD PESTICIDE TO KILL THEM `` OTHERWISE SUCH INCIDENCES WILL CONTINUE

If a person die in criminal assault in US the US president have to explain to the public how and why it has happened and what action is being taken.See our Nitish he is so seriously ill that he cant offer a statement on this tragedy.Had these childerens belongs to the favoured community of Nitish he would have come out even in critical health condition to give a statement all the parents will be given 10lacs and one member of the family will be provided the govt job.Cong and JDU playing the same card in Hindustan why?

In the past 67 years Government was not able to provide drinkable water. Why such schemes like Mid day MEAL & food security BILL???

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