Indian-origin boy dies after allergic reaction to cheese allegedly forced on him
Karanbir Cheema was taken to a west London hospital after becoming unwell during a school break.Updated: Jul 12, 2017 20:07 IST
Press Trust of India, London
A 13-year-old Indian-origin boy with a dairy allergy died after suffering a severe reaction to a piece of cheese allegedly forced on him, prompting the UK police to launch a homicide probe, media reports have said.
Karanbir Cheema was taken to a west London hospital after becoming unwell during a school break.
The head of the school in Greenford said Karanbir was treated immediately in the school before paramedics arrived.
He died on Sunday after 10 days in Great Ormond Street children’s hospital, the reports said.
Officers from Ealing Borough police were initially called to the school after it “became apparent that an incident had occurred which led to the boy coming into contact with the allergen,” the Met said in a statement.
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and released on bail pending further inquiries and the case has been passed to homicide officers.
Karanbir’s father, Amarjeet, told the Evening Standard how he had watched his “brilliant” son die in hospital.
“While he was in hospital we were fully concentrated on his condition. Now we want answers. How could this have happened?” Amarjeet said.
A statement on the school’s website said: “The school community is deeply saddened at the loss of a Year 8 student who died on Sunday July 9 at hospital following a severe allergic reaction.
First Published: Jul 12, 2017 14:04 IST