In a tragic incident, two children died of food poisoning at an ‘ashram’ for mentally challenged children in Punjab. Another 31 were hospitalized after they became ill. The children were aged between 10 and 12.
Deputy Commissioner Jaskiran Singh said “33 children were residing at Sukhjit Ashram near the railway station here. On Monday, two children showed symptoms of food poisoning and started vomiting. Within an hour, one of them died at the ashram, while the other child died at the hospital on Tuesday morning."
“As a precautionary measure, all 31 children have been put under observation after around seven of them showed symptoms of food poisoning and were rushed to the civil hospital” he said.
He added “the cause of deaths is not yet clear but an inquiry has been ordered. The food samples have also been taken by the health teams that are camping in the ashram.”
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BY M. DIVYA SRI