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Indian Children Poisoned By School Meal - 25 Jul 2013
Images from India where at least 25 children died and dozens needed a hospital treatment after apparently being poisoned by a school meal, sparking violent protests and angry allegations of blame.

The children aged four to 12 fell ill on Tuesday after consuming a lunch of rice, soybean and lentils in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar.

The school, at Mashrakh village in the district of Chapra, provided free meals under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the world's largest school feeding programme involving 120 million children.

An initial forensic investigation found that the meal had been prepared with cooking oil that contained monocrotophos, an organophosphorus compound that is used as an agricultural pesticide, Ravindra Kumar, a senior police official, told reporters on Saturday.
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July 18, 2013
The breakfast provided by the hospital is kept beside Saurav Kumar, a sick boy who consumed contaminated...
Patna, India
The breakfast provided by the hospital is kept beside Kumar, a sick boy who consumed contaminated meals...
The breakfast provided by the hospital is kept beside Saurav Kumar, a sick boy who consumed contaminated meals given to children at a school on Tuesday, in the eastern Indian city of Patna July 18, 2013. The Indian government announced on Thursday it would set up an inquiry into the quality of food given to school pupils in a nationwide free meal scheme after at least 23 children died in one of the deadliest outbreaks of mass poisoning in years. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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July 25, 2013
A police officer (R) escorts the headmistress of the school in Bihar where 23 children died after eating...
Chapra, India
A police officer escorts the headmistress of the school in Bihar where 23 children died after eating...
A police officer (R) escorts the headmistress of the school in Bihar where 23 children died after eating a meal laced with pesticide in one of India's deadliest food poisoning outbreaks in years, to a court in Chapra July 25, 2013. The woman, who had been missing for more than a week, was detained on Wednesday while on her way to court to surrender, said Sujit Kumar, superintendent of police in Saran district in the eastern state of Bihar. REUTERS/Krishna Murari Kishan (INDIA - Tags: CRIME LAW FOOD EDUCATION HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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July 18, 2013
A relative mourns the death of her niece, who died after consuming contaminated meals given to children...
Chapra, India
Relative mourns death of her niece, who died after consuming contaminated meals given to children at...
A relative mourns the death of her niece, who died after consuming contaminated meals given to children at a school on Tuesday at Chapra district in the eastern Indian state of Bihar July 18, 2013. The Indian government announced on Thursday it would set up an inquiry into the quality of food given to school pupils in a nationwide free meal scheme after at least 23 children died in one of the deadliest outbreaks of mass poisoning in years. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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July 18, 2013
A man mourns the death of his daughter, who died after consuming contaminated meals given to children...
Chapra, India
Man mourns death of his daughter, who died after consuming contaminated meals given to children at a...
A man mourns the death of his daughter, who died after consuming contaminated meals given to children at a school on Tuesday at Chapra district, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar July 18, 2013. The Indian government announced on Thursday it would set up an inquiry into the quality of food given to school pupils in a nationwide free meal scheme after at least 23 children died in one of the deadliest outbreaks of mass poisoning in years. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY EDUCATION)
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July 18, 2013
Khushi Kumari, who is sick, cries in pain as she lies on a bed inside a hospital after she consumed contaminated...
Patna, India
Kumari, who is sick, cries in pain as she lies on bed inside hospital after she consumed contaminated...
Khushi Kumari, who is sick, cries in pain as she lies on a bed inside a hospital after she consumed contaminated meals given to children at a school on Tuesday, in the eastern Indian city of Patna July 18, 2013. The Indian government announced on Thursday it would set up an inquiry into the quality of food given to school pupils in a nationwide free meal scheme after at least 23 children died in one of the deadliest outbreaks of mass poisoning in years. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER HEALTH)
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July 18, 2013
A relative wipes the face of a boy who consumed contaminated meals given to children at a school on Tuesday,...
Patna, India
A relative wipes the face of a boy who consumed contaminated meals given to children at a school on Tuesday,...
A relative wipes the face of a boy who consumed contaminated meals given to children at a school on Tuesday, inside a hospital in the eastern Indian city of Patna July 18, 2013. The Indian government announced on Thursday it would set up an inquiry into the quality of food given to school pupils in a nationwide free meal scheme after at least 23 children died in one of the deadliest outbreaks of mass poisoning in years. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER HEALTH)
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July 18, 2013
A villager looks back towards the locked house of the head mistress of a school, who fled with her family...
Chapra, India
Villager looks back towards locked house of head mistress of school, who fled with her family after children...
A villager looks back towards the locked house of the head mistress of a school, who fled with her family after children from her school died after consuming contaminated meals given to them on Tuesday, at Chapra district in the eastern Indian state of Bihar July 18, 2013. The Indian government announced on Thursday it would set up an inquiry into the quality of food given to school pupils in a nationwide free meal scheme after at least 23 children died in one of the deadliest outbreaks of mass poisoning in years. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER HEALTH EDUCATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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July 18, 2013
Villagers stand next to mass graves of the school children who died after consuming contaminated meals...
Chapra, India
Villagers stand next to mass graves of school children who died after consuming contaminated meals given...
Villagers stand next to mass graves of the school children who died after consuming contaminated meals given to them at a school on Tuesday, at Chapra district in the eastern Indian state of Bihar July 18, 2013. The Indian government announced on Thursday it would set up an inquiry into the quality of food given to school pupils in a nationwide free meal scheme after at least 23 children died in one of the deadliest outbreaks of mass poisoning in years. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER HEALTH)
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July 18, 2013
The clothes and shoes of a girl, who died after consuming contaminated meals given to children at a school...
Chapra, India
The clothes and shoes of a girl, who died after consuming contaminated meals given to children at a school...
The clothes and shoes of a girl, who died after consuming contaminated meals given to children at a school on Tuesday, are pictured after they were placed by her family members on her grave at Chapra district in the eastern Indian state of Bihar July 18, 2013. The Indian government announced on Thursday it would set up an inquiry into the quality of food given to school pupils in a nationwide free meal scheme after at least 23 children died in one of the deadliest outbreaks of mass poisoning in years. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER HEALTH)
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July 17, 2013
Asha Devi holds her head while sitting next to her sick daughter Savita (R) who consumed a spurious meal...
Patna, India
Devi holds her head while sitting next to her sick daughter Savita who consumed spurious meal at a school...
Asha Devi holds her head while sitting next to her sick daughter Savita (R) who consumed a spurious meal at a school on Tuesday, at a hospital in the eastern Indian city of Patna July 17, 2013. At least 20 children died and dozens were taken to hospital with apparent food poisoning after eating a meal provided for free at their school in the district of Chapra in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, the education minister said on Wednesday, sparking violent protests. REUTERS/Krishna Murari Kishan (INDIA - Tags: FOOD HEALTH EDUCATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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RTX11PE7
July 17, 2013
Women sit next to their sick children who consumed a spurious meal at a school on Tuesday, at a hospital...
Patna, India
Women sit next to their sick children who consumed spurious meal at a school on Tuesday in Patna
Women sit next to their sick children who consumed a spurious meal at a school on Tuesday, at a hospital in the eastern Indian city of Patna July 17, 2013. At least 20 children died and dozens were taken to hospital with apparent food poisoning after eating a meal provided for free at their school in the district of Chapra in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, the education minister said on Wednesday, sparking violent protests. REUTERS/Krishna Murari Kishan (INDIA - Tags: FOOD HEALTH EDUCATION)
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