Amarjeet Sinha, Education Principal Secretary, Bihar on Thursday said the mid-day meal horror case seemed to be one of "poisoning of food" and not "food poisoning." He also said the State Forensic Science Laborotary (SLFL) was conducting investigations and their report would be out on Friday.
The principal of the government school in Chapra whose 27 children died in the mid-day meal tragedy suspected to have been caused by poisoned food was absconding, as it emerged that the free food served did not undergo any quality checks.
The death toll rose to 27 after it came to the knowledge of the district administration on Thursday that one child was buried by family members without keeping the authorities informed, Saran District Magistrate Abhijit Sinha said. 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.