Seventeen migrant workers in unconscious state were rushed to the government hospital in Kurukshetra on Monday morning after they were fed sedative-laced kheer by unknown persons.
After serving the kheer as ‘prasad’ on Sunday night, the accused also allegedly stole nearly 100 bags of wheat from a grain market Bhor Saidan village, about 15-kms from Kurukshetra city.
Meanwhile, the victims are being treated at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital, a state government-run health facility and their condition is stated to be out of danger.
Patients were under the influence of sedatives till Monday noon.
Commission agent Harish Kumar, whose wheat was allegedly stolen, told HT the incident happened around 9.30 pm on Sunday.
“Last night, I left the shop at around 8.30. This morning I got a call from another arthiya that all of my workers were lying unconscious. I was stunned to see the condition of labourers who had vomited all around their makeshift tented accommodation,” he said.
Kumar said that while some of the workers were found in the tent while others were lying unconscious elsewhere in the mandi.
Pehowa station house officer Aman Kumar said that initial investigation said that there were at least two persons who had come at the mandi with sedative-laced food.
“No CCTV camera was installed anywhere at the grain market premises. Further details of the accused would be ascertained after the victims gain health,” said the SHO.