CRPF orders probe into mass food poisoning case in Kerala

The CRPF has also taken a sample of the meal which allegedly caused the personnel to fall ill.

Published: 02nd April 2017 11:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd April 2017 04:40 PM   |  A+A-

The CRPF trainees who fell victim to food poisoning being treated in Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital on Sunday. (EPS | Kaviyoor Santhosh)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarters has ordered an investigation into how 300 CRPF personnel fell ill by food poisoning in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday. The jawans blame the fish curry, which is the prime suspect as the cause of the sickness.

In all, 119 personnel were shifted to the Thiruvanathapuram Medical College Hospital by late night on Saturday.The remaining personnel were taken to a private hospital and the health facility inside the camp late on Saturday.

Around 111 personnel are still undergoing treatment at the medical college hospital, according to the hospital's public relations unit. Some of them are expected to be discharged by Sunday afternoon.

CRPF officers have collected samples of the food served to the personnel, including fish curry, considered to be the prime suspect. Ambulances had started rolling into the medical college hospital and a private hospital at Kazhakootam after the personnel, attached to the Pallipuram camp, had taken ill

The jawans have blamed the fish curry that was served to them as the cause for the sickness. However, this can be confirmed only after the food safety wing of the government completes its analysis. Medical college officials said the condition of the Jawans was not serious.

Health minister K K Shailaja and Co-operation Minister Kadakampally Surendran visited the jawans following the incident.

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