A day after 47 doctors with the Sion hospital suffered food poisoning, allegedly after consuming sweets specially prepared for Independence Day, the Sion police on Saturday arrested the manager of the hospital canteen as well as a food supplier.
The accused have been identified as Gopal Devadiya (39), a Dharavi resident, and Hetaam Verma (30), a resident of Sion Koliwada.
“Devadiya is the manager of the canteen at Sion Hospital, and Verma supplied the mawa that was used to prepare the sweets. They were both arrested late on Friday night and charged with endangering life and personal safety under the Indian Penal Code, as well as under relevant sections of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006,” said Senior Police Inspector Baburao Gavit, Sion police station.
The sweet, Tiranga Barfi, was served for breakfast at the Annapurna Canteen for resident medical officers (RMOs) of the Sion Hospital on Friday morning, on the occasion of Independence Day. The canteen serves free breakfast to RMOs every morning.
By afternoon, 47 doctors took ill and had to undergo treatment for food poisoning, the police said.
The Sion police recorded statements of the doctors and registered a complaint against Devadiya and Verma on Friday night.
“We have sent samples of the sweet to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Kalina for analysis, and are awaiting reports,” Gavit added.
16 kids among 19 hospitalised after consuming sweets
In the second instance of food poisoning in the past two days in the city, 16 children and three adults were admitted to the King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital in Parel after they complained of stomach cramps, vomitting and diarrhoea. “A family in Wadala threw a party at their place on Saturday morning. They fell ill immediately after consuming sweets. They were admitted to the hospital in the afternoon,” said Dr Sandhya Kamath, Dean at KEM Hospital and Seth GS Medical College. He added that all of them were stable now.