The incident took place at Ahira village in Jehanabad district, around 50 km from Patna.

Soon after having food, they complained of stomach pain and started vomiting, a district health official said.

All were first admitted to a primary health centre and later a dozen of them were shifted to Sadar Hospital in Jehanabad after their condition deteriorated.

The health official said a case of food poisoning is being suspected. "We have collected food samples and vomiting samples for tests," the official said.

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