A teacher and his 29 students from a government girls’ school were rushed to a hospital after they consumed a ‘contaminated’ mid-day meal of choley-puri on Thursday.
The Government Girls’ Middle School is in north Delhi’s Lal Kuan area.
The police were intimated about the incident by Lok Nayak Hospital (LNH), where the students were taken, around 2:30 in the afternoon.
“Thirty people including the class teacher were kept under observation at the hospital for some time. They had consumed what seems to be a spoilt meal this morning,” said Jaspal Singh, DCP (central).
He said the students were taken to the hospital around 12:30 p.m. after they began vomiting and started complaining of severe stomach ache.
The meal had been served to students from classes VI to VIII around 10:30 this morning.
“Barring a very small number of those who had consumed it, everyone started complaining of stomach ache and nausea following which they were rushed to the hospital,” said a senior police officer, who didn’t give his name, as he isn’t authorised to speak to media.
Doctors at LNH said two students of class VI, identified as Aaliyah (11) and Isra (10), were among the worst affected by the meal, which is suspected to have been contaminated after being exposed to unhygienic conditions at the school.
The doctors said the rest were in a stable condition. “We have administered first aid to all the students and there’s nothing to worry about now,” said one of the doctors treating them.
But the parents were angry that they weren’t informed about their children falling ill.
“The school didn’t have the basic courtesy to inform us in time,” said Mohammad Sarfaraz (40), Isra’s father and a resident of Lal Kuan’s Lambi Gali area.
Mohhamad Rafiq (38), whose 13-year-old daughter Bushra was among those who fell ill, said, “Our children's classmates, who managed to get home despite being sick, told us about our children. The school should have been more careful.”