A day after 28 children studying at an MCD school in West Delhi’s Naraina were rushed to a hospital after they suddenly fell ill, the Delhi Police Saturday lodged a case under IPC sections including negligent conduct with respect to poisonous substance, act endangering life or personal safety of others and causing hurt by an act which endangers human life, etc. in connection with the incident.
On Friday, the MCD, in a statement, had attributed a “gas leak” from the railway tracks nearby as the reason behind the children falling ill, which the Northern Railways had denied. Meanwhile, parents had pointed to issues with the mid-day meal, which the civic body denied.
DCP (West) Vichitra Veer said a forensics team has visited the spot and taken the food samples of the mid-day meal provided to students. “The FIR has been lodged against unknown persons so far. Once the forensic reports come in and any discrepancy is noticed, suitable action will be accordingly taken and legal action will be initiated against those responsible,” he said.
The DCP added that so far, nothing has surfaced of leakage of gas, which might have resulted in the students falling sick, from the nearby railway station.
Out of the total 28 kids who were hospitalised, 23 were discharged the same day while five were kept overnight at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for observation. As of Saturday, all children have been discharged.
Barring a few who are still experiencing slight stomach pain, the children are recovering.
On Saturday, the Deputy Commissioner, Karol Bagh zone, constituted a four-member committee to look into the incident. “The committee has already been formed, it will include the Zonal Superintending Engineer, Assistant Commissioner, DDE and DHO,” the MCD said.