Patna: Speaking for the first time on mid-day meal tragedy, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar alleged that the BJP and the RJD had a ‘secret understanding’ to derive political mileage from the incident. He also asked his party workers to get prepared for such incident in future as Opposition is trying to destabilize JD-U government. 
"The Forensic Science Laboratory, which highlights the presence of pesticide in the mid-day meal, has confirmed our apprehensions about a conspiracy behind the tragedy at a school in Saran last week," he told a meeting of party MPs, MLAs and office-bearers on Monday as part of Mission 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The Chief Minister charged "an understanding between BJP and RJD was very much visible both after Bodhgaya blasts and Chapra mid-day meal tragedy" as the two parties had called bandhs on the same after the two incidents, state JD (U) spokesman Rajeev Ranjan quoted him as saying.
"RJD and BJP had called bandh together on both the occasions and this confirms the secret understanding between them", Kumar said. This was the first time that Kumar had spoken on the midday meal tragedy which claimed 23 lives.

'An attempt to destabilize government'

He said he is apprehending that more such incidents will take place as part of the opposition's efforts to destabilize his government and asked the partymen to be prepared for it.
He alleged BJP was upset over losing power in Bihar the breakup of its coalition with JD-U and the saffron party, along with RJD, ‘is busy fomenting instability against our government’.
"They are testing my patience but I will not move away from the chosen path", Kumar said, adding "Bihar's mandate was for development and we shall continue to move ahead along that path",
Without naming the Lalu Prasad-led party, Bihar Education Minister PK Shahi hinted at the role of RJD in the Chapra incident, saying ‘the husband of the school principal is an active member of the party (RJD)’.

SIT begin probe in mid-day meal deaths

A Special Investigating Team (SIT) formed by the Bihar government on Tuesday began its probe into the deaths of 23 children after they ate a mid-day meal in a school.

The eight-member team is headed by Saran district's Superintendent of Police Sujit Kumar. "A notice was issued on Monday and the SIT was formed," a district official in Saran said.

The Crime Investigation Department's Inspector General Vinay Kumar is monitoring the SIT operation and Inspector General (Operations) Amit Kumar is helping the probe, the official said.

He said that the SIT is trying to trace and nab Meena Devi, the absconding principal of the government primary school at Gandaman village in Saran.

Court issues arrest warrant against school principal

A court in Saran Monday issued an arrest warrant against Meena Devi. A government inquiry report has blamed her for the deaths of the children.

According to district officials probing the incident, Meena Devi had forced the cook to use pesticide as oil despite the latter's complaint that it had a pungent smell.

A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against her on charges of murder and criminal conspiracy.


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