India: Poisoned rotla, not slush caused
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Apr 2009, 0431 hrs IST, TNN
Chainpura food poisoning
incident claimed two more lives on Saturday. With this the number of
deaths has gone up to six. The
had struck the Thakore family when they had gathered for a get-together
ahead of the wedding of two
children in the family.
On Thursday Somi Thakore, 35, a widow who was the host of the function and
Uday Malaji Thakore, 8, lost their lives.
One of the worst hit is Malaji Thakore, who works in the department of
posts and the telegraph and has lost all his three children in the
incident, including Mamta, 10, and Jagdeep, 7 Uday being the victim on
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) health officials strongly suspect
that it was rotla poisoning that killed four children and an adult in
Chainpura, Ranip since Wednesday. Investigations have revealed that bajra
rotlas served to the affected children were made of flour that contained
crushed pesticide tablets.
A total of 12 children had taken ill after consuming the rotis at a family
get-together. Health officials of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC)
have reasoned that pesticide tablets, that are used to safeguard food
grains, got crushed along with bajra.
"There is no question of the spurious ice-candy being the culprit as
many who had consumed prior to the family members should have been
affected. There is presence of organo-phosphorus compounds in the food
that the affected family members had. Besides the symptoms of
poisoning, convulsions, frothing and most of all respiratory arrests show
that the poison had struck the central nervous system. This is typical of
organo-phosphorus compounds," says a senior AMC health official.
At least one family member was discharged from Civil Hospital on Thursday.
The nine-odd patients who are still in Civil Hospital are being
administered Atropine, an antidote for poisoning for recovery.