Sambalpur: As many as 47 students have been reported fallen ill after consuming a sweet dish (Halwa) at Kasturba Gandhi Residential School in the Patnagarh block in Balangir district.

According to reports, the condition of 31 students out of 47 is stated to be critical. All the students complaining of stomach pain were admitted to Patnagarh hospital.

Acting on his toes, Balangir Collector Sailendra Narayan Dey reached the hospital to take stock of the situation and instructed the doctors to provide adequate treatment to the students.

Doctors are stating the reason as food poisoning for students’ illness.

(JPN/ Bureau)