After consuming the mid-day meal on Saturday afternoon, the children started vomiting. When their teachers noticed it they were taken to the local health centres, from where most of them shifted to the local district hospital and out of which eight children are said to be critical, hospital official reports.
Considering the seriousness of the incident, the Block Education Officer and Tehsildar have been sent to Maugaon to probe the incident. The Collector has also directed the Sub-Divisional Magistrate to conduct an enquiry.
"The cause behind the incident can be ascertained only after the probe ends and stern action will be taken against those found guilty," the Collector said.
Meanwhile in Bihar, no arrests have been made so far in the mid-day meal tragedy in the state. And school principal Meena Devi of the government primary school in Saran district is absconding.
According to district officials probing the incident, Meena Devi had forced the cook to use the oil despite the latter's complaint that it had a pungent smell.
(with agency inputs)