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Students at Step By Step School in Noida get food poisoning: School was fined over ‘substandard food’

According to police sources, investigation revealed that food samples taken from the school’s canteen in 2014 were found to be substandard, leading to a Rs 3 lakh fine on the institution.

Students at Step By Step School in Noida get food poisoning: School was fined over ‘substandard food' On Thursday night, Noida police had registered an FIR against school authorities. (Image source: ANI)

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A day after students of Step By Step School in Noida’s Sector 132 fell ill after eating breakfast, medical examination of 34 students — aged between three and 15 years — has shown that they got food poisoning, police said. On Thursday night, Noida police had registered an FIR against school authorities.

According to police sources, investigation revealed that food samples taken from the school’s canteen in 2014 were found to be substandard, leading to a Rs 3 lakh fine on the institution.

“The food department has taken samples of oil and ajwain used in the parathas served for breakfast. They will be sent for examination to Lucknow. It will take two-three months to get the results. While the report is awaited, police are conducting an investigation,” Mahendra Kumar Singh, City Magistrate, Gautam Buddh Nagar district, said.

On Thursday evening, students had fallen ill in a suspected case of food poisoning. When a team of police officers and officials from the district administration reached the school, they were not allowed to enter. Singh had filed a complaint against the school authorities, and an FIR was registered at Expressway police station.

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The FIR was registered under IPC sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc, with intent to commit an offence), 32 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) against the administration, police said.

READ | FIR against school as 20 students fall ill after breakfast

According to police, parents of students who fell ill are yet to submit a written complaint against the school. “MLCs of 34 students have been conducted,” Vedpal Singh Pundir, SHO, Expressway police station, said.

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While school authorities could not be reached for a comment, police sources said they are looking into an earlier incident too. “We received information that the government department took samples from the canteen in 2014. In 2016, the school was slapped with a fine of Rs 3 lakh,” a police officer said.

First published on: 07-04-2018 at 01:36:52 am
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