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Principal on the run, minister attacked

The principal of the government school in Saran district where 23 children died after eating contaminated midday meal is on the run. It has emerged that the free food served to children in the school did not undergo any quality check.

Meena Devi, the principal of the school, is absconding along with her husband and the police are conducting raids at their possible hideouts, Saran district magistrate Abhijit Sinha said. The grocery from where the items for the midday meal were brought belonged to Meena’s husband, it has been stated.

The principal, against whom an FIR has been lodged, has already been suspended by the state administration. Meanwhile, the death toll in the tragedy rose to 23 after it came to the knowledge of the administration that one child was buried by family members without keeping the authorities informed.

24 children and a woman cook Manju Devi were under treatment at the Patna Medical College and Hospital. No arrests have been made two days after the incident, as a mass grave outside the primary school at Dharmasati Gandavan village where the dead were buried bore mute testimony to the tragedy.

‘This school will not run ... we will not allow it,’ said Rakeshwar Mahato who lost his granddaughter in the tragedy. ‘This is where our children were murdered,’ he said, defending the decision to bury the children outside school premises.

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