Three members of a family, including a 7-year-old child, died and 35 others fell ill after they had food at a ‘shraddha’ (ritual for the dead) at Arniya Chauhan village in Bhilwara district, a hospital source said on Thursday.
Out of thirty-five, 16 people were referred to Jawahar Lal Nehru Hospital late on Wednesday evening in serious condition.
The deceased were identified as Sita Devi 35, her mother in-law Ramsukhi Devi and 7-year-old Sagar. The feast was organised on Tuesday night at Arniya Chauhan village at Tulsi Ram Khatik’s house on the third anniversary of his father’s death.
“Puri, mix-vegetable and laddu were prepared for the feast,” Deputy CMHO Bhilwara Dr Mushtaq Ahmed said.
Prima-facie, it can be assumed that the vegetable may have been contaminated.