"She has been arrested and interrogated," he said. A first information report has been registered against her on penal charges of murder and criminal conspiracy, the police said. Earlier on Wednesday, she filed an application for anticipatory bail before the district's chief judicial magistrate (CJM). After filing the application, her lawyer said that the plea was likely to come up for hearing the next day.

But with her arrest, it may prove to be a futile exercise. The police also filed a petition in the court to attach Meena Devi's property after obtaining her arrest warrant on July 22. Earlier on Tuesday, the court of CJM declared Meena Devi a proclaimed offender.

Meena Devi, who has been suspended from service for gross negligence, was evading arrest since the incident took place on July 16, the police said. The cops also raided her house twice and recovered a bottle of pesticide, traces of which were suspected to be present in the food, prepared in the school.

According to the district officials, Meena Devi had forced the cook to use an allegedly contaminated cooking oil, despite the latter's complaint that it emanated pungent smell. A forensic lab report on Saturday confirmed the presence of toxic insecticide traces 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.

(Agencies)

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