New Delhi: A violent protest broke out in Chhapra of Bihar on Wednesday, a day after 19 children died due to adulterated mid-day meal served to them at a government primary school.  Officials suspect that the deaths occurred by organo phosphorous poisoning caused due to traces of insecticides.

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Meanwhile, over two dozen sick children have been brought to the Patna Medical College and Hospital after their condition deteriorated. "At least ten children are still critical," a hospital official said.

Nitish Kumar expressed shock over the incident and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of each of the dead school children.

An FIR has been filed against the principal of the primary school who is absconding.

In Bihar, widespread corruption is reported in the mid-day meal scheme and government guidelines on food quality are ignored. In past, dead lizards, frogs, insects and a rat were found in the food cooked for the mid-day meal, angering students and parents.

(JPN/Agencies)

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