Chapra (Bihar): Bihar's opposition RJD has called a bandh in Saran district on Wednesday to protest the death of 11 students, mostly girls, after consuming mid-day meal at a government primary school.
    
RJD president Lalu Prasad, who is Lok Sabha member from Chhapra in the district, held the state government responsible for the incident and demanded a probe into the tragic incident. The RJD president alleged ‘unholy nexus’ between the state government and NGOs in the mid-day meal scheme.

Meanwhile, LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over death of school students after consuming mid-day meal and demanded his resignation saying that these are ‘not death but murder’.
    
"This (death of students) is not simply death but murder of children for which Bihar government and the Chief Minister are responsible. He should resign immediately", Paswan said.


Seeking Kumar's resignation over the incident of the death of 11 students in Chhapra, he said it ‘exposes’ the claims of good governance of Nitish Kumar. He also demanded a probe by sitting High Court judge and a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the family of the deceased.
    
BJP terms death of children as heartbreaking

Terming the death of children in Bihar after eating food distributed under mid-day meal scheme as heartbreaking, the BJP, one time ally of Nitish government in Bihar, demanded strict action against the guilty.
       
"BJP condoles the death of these children. We demand that the government fix responsibility for this incident and strict action be taken against the guilty," party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
    
He pointed out that in the past also several complaints had been received about the quality of food served under the mid-day meal scheme. "Government should take appropriate measures so that such incidents are not repeated," Hussain said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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