Bihar's killer mid-day meal

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Bodies of the children, who died in Chhapra after consuming contaminated mid-day meals, lying on ground. (HT Photo)

Bodies of the children, who died in Chhapra after consuming contaminated mid-day meals, lying on ground. (HT Photo)

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Burial ground in front of the school where the mid-day meal was served that took 22 lives in Chhapra, Bihar. (HT Photo)

Burial ground in front of the school where the mid-day meal was served that took 22 lives in Chhapra, Bihar. (HT Photo)

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Vehicles of Bihar's BDO, DSP and police station set on fire, as the death toll in Bihar's mid-day meal tragedy mounts to 22. (HT Photo)

Vehicles of Bihar's BDO, DSP and police station set on fire, as the death toll in Bihar's mid-day meal tragedy mounts to 22. (HT Photo)

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Vehicles of Bihar's BDO, DSP and police station set on fire, as the death toll in Bihar's mid-day meal tragedy mounts to 22. (HT Photo)

Vehicles of Bihar's BDO, DSP and police station set on fire, as the death toll in Bihar's mid-day meal tragedy mounts to 22. (HT Photo)

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Vehicles of Bihar's BDO, DSP and police station set on fire, as the death toll in Bihar's mid-day meal tragedy mounts to 22. (HT Photo)

Vehicles of Bihar's BDO, DSP and police station set on fire, as the death toll in Bihar's mid-day meal tragedy mounts to 22. (HT Photo)

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Mourning relatives of three brothers, who were among the 22 children who died in Chhapra after consuming contaminated mid-day meals. (HT Photo)

Mourning relatives of three brothers, who were among the 22 children who died in Chhapra after consuming contaminated mid-day meals. (HT Photo)

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The abandoned house of Meena Devi, headmistress of the Chhapra school where the mid-day meal was served that took 22 lives in Chhapra, Bihar. (HT Photo)

The abandoned house of Meena Devi, headmistress of the Chhapra school where the mid-day meal was served that took 22 lives in Chhapra, Bihar. (HT Photo)

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School children receive treatment at a hospital after they fell ill after eating a free meal at a primary school in Bihar's Chhapra district. (AP Photo)

School children receive treatment at a hospital after they fell ill after eating a free meal at a primary school in Bihar's Chhapra district. (AP Photo)

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School children receive treatment at a hospital after they fell ill after eating a free meal at a primary school in Bihar's Chhapra district. (AP Photo)

School children receive treatment at a hospital after they fell ill after eating a free meal at a primary school in Bihar's Chhapra district. (AP Photo)

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A man mourns as he holds his daughter's body, who died after eating the mid-day meal in her school, outside a hospital in Patna, Bihar. (AP Photo)

A man mourns as he holds his daughter's body, who died after eating the mid-day meal in her school, outside a hospital in Patna, Bihar. (AP Photo)

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Villagers prepare to bury the children who had died, allegedly as a result of food-poisoning from the free mid-day meal provided at their school, near Chhapra in Bihar. HT Photo

Villagers prepare to bury the children who had died, allegedly as a result of food-poisoning from the free mid-day meal provided at their school, near Chhapra in Bihar. HT Photo

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A relative weeps over the body of a schoolchild, who consumed a free mid-day meal at a school in the Saran district of Bihar, at a hospital in Patna. Twenty-two children have died after eating a free lunch feared to contain poisonous chemicals at an primary school, officials said, as the tragedy sparked angry street protests. AFP PHOTO

A relative weeps over the body of a schoolchild, who consumed a free mid-day meal at a school in the Saran district of Bihar, at a hospital in Patna. Twenty-two children have died after eating a free lunch feared to contain poisonous chemicals at an primary school, officials said, as the tragedy sparked angry street protests. AFP PHOTO

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