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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Food poisoning at Goa jails: Statement of inmates recorded

PTI  Panaji, June 15, 2013
First Published: 13:14 IST(15/6/2013) | Last Updated: 13:16 IST(15/6/2013)

The inquiry committee looking into the last month's food poisoning incident at two Goa jails has recorded the statements of some of the affected inmates, who have ruled out any foul play.

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A high-level magisterial inquiry was ordered by the state government after the May 31 food poisoning episode at Central Jail at Aguada in Panaji and sub-jail at Mapusa town, about 15km from the state capital.

One prisoner had died and over 100 others were taken ill after consuming food suspected to be contaminated. The food prepared at Aguada prison is served to inmates at the Mapusa sub-jail also.

The panel, headed by additional district collector Dipak Desai, recorded the statement by camping in the jails for over four days, sources said on Saturday.

"Statements of all prisoners were not recorded, but inquiry officers spoke informally to all of them to know what happened on the day," a senior prison official assisting the probe told PTI.

The prisoners ruled out "intentional food poisoning" and suspect it was an accident, he said.

The Desai Committee will also record the statement of policemen, who are probing the incident separately.

The panel will go through the reports of the city-based Goa Medical College and Hospital and government-run district hospital in Mapusa to ascertain the cause of food poisoning.

The government had ordered the inquiry to find out whether there was any negligence on part of jail authorities or foul play behind the incident.

The committee has also been asked to point out defects, if any, in the jail infrastructure and recommend measures to prevent such incidents in future.


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