Meena Devi’s house, the headmistress of the school at Gandaman village, who is on the run since the incident surfaced, was raided again and an empty bottle of pesticide was seized, the police said. Block education extension officer Satyendra Kumar Singh was placed under suspension for alleged lapses in monitoring the mid-day meal scheme at the school.

Amarjeet Sinha, principal secretary, education, confirmed the action against Satyendra Kumar Singh. "A decision was taken to suspend him on the basis of a report of the two-member high-level committee comprising divisional commissioner of Saran and deputy inspector general of police which found him guilty of negligence of duty," said Sinha.

Meena Devi also has also been suspended from service for gross negligence. According to the district officials, a first information report has been registered against her on penal charges of murder and criminal conspiracy.

On Saturday, a Forensic Science Laboratory report confirmed presence of toxic insecticide strains in the cooking oil used for making food at the school. The poisonous substance, organophosphorus, in oil samples collected from school was more than five times the commercial preparation available in market, the police said.

Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Ravinder Kumar said that it is a matter of investigation that how and from where, this poisonous substance got mixed in the cooking oil. The post-mortem examination of the deceased children confirmed the presence of a poisonous substance in the potato-soya bean curry, which was served to them.


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