Four days after two children died of suspected food poisoning at Kapurthala’s Sukhjit Ashram, a Punjab government-run home for special children, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) has asked the district police to step in to ascertain the identity of those who donated ‘langar’ at the Ashram on the fateful day. The move came after the district administration failed to get information about the donors from the Ashram staff. No entry about the donors was made in the Ashram’s official register.
DC Jaskiran Singh has now directed police officials to question slum dwellers who live next to the Ashram and were also served the same food in the afternoon that day.
To get information about the vehicle used to bring the cooked food to the area, the DC has also ordered scanning of the footage from all CCTV cameras installed along the roads in the vicinity.
Sources claim that food was brought to the Ashram in a Tata Ace mini truck Sunday. “Poori Chana and sweet rice” was first served to slum dwellers in the area and then donated at the Ashram. The first death was recorded Monday, and the second Ashram inmate died Tuesday.
The distric administration has also decided to get CCTVs intalled inside the Ashram to keep an eye on the activities of the staff and the inmates.
Meanwhile, Kapurthala SDM Dr Mandeep Kaur, who was to submit the magisterial inquiry report Thursday, missed the deadline and will submit now submit it Friday.
Also, after the suspension of the District Social Security Officer (DSSO), Kapurthala, Gulbarg Lal, the Ashrma’s charge has been given to DSSO, Jalandhar, Dalvinder Singh. The new superintendent, Kiranpreet Kaur, who was recently transferred from Amritsar to Kapurthala, will join Monday.
Kapurthala DC said that the children who were admitted to hospital after the incident will stay there till whitewash of the new rooms at the Ashram building was complete.