INDIA: Bopodi school incident will echo in assembly
Posted: July 26th, 2010 - 7:59am
Source: The Times of India
PUNE -- Speaker of the Maharashtra state assembly Dilip Walse-Patil on Saturday directed the state government to table a statement in the house over the alleged food poisoning' incident at a municipal school in Bopodi.
The directive was issued in response to an adjournment motion tabled by BJP MLA Girish Bapat who charged that 70 students of Dr Zakir Hussain Urdu medium primary school in Bopodi had, on Friday, suffered from food poisoning' after having lunch at the school under the mid-day meal scheme.
"Strict action needs to be taken against those who supplied the food to the school as insects, flies and even tiny pieces of magnets were found in the food served to the students. The vehicle which supplied food to the school was also unclean," the adjournment motion said.
Though the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has not lodged a police complaint in the incident, sub inspector Pratap Pawar attached to the Khadki police on Saturday suo motu lodged a case against the Self Help Group (SHG) that supplied food to the school.
The Khadki police arrested Vandana Gaikwad, a 45-year- old woman who heads the SHG, said senior police inspector Vilas Gawli of the Khadki police station.
Gaikwad was charged with committing an offence under sections 273 (sale of noxious food), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 337 (act causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code and 33 (a) (y) read with 131 of the Bombay Police Act. She will be produced before the Khadki cantonment court on Sunday, he said.