Amidst the rising death toll among devotees at Karnataka’s Kichugatti Maranda temple, villagers from the
82 others are currently hospitalised across the district and in Mysuru, after consuming the religious food offering over the weekend, with several of them on
Fearing that a factional dispute between the authorities led to this food poisoning, locals of the
Here’s what we know so far
The condition of six more patients on life support was said to be serious. A total of 66 patients were being treated in eight private hospitals across the district and 28 in KR Hospital.
The tragedy struck on Friday when devotees were reportedly handed the prasad after the brick-laying ceremony for construction of the Maramma temple, 160km away from Bengaluru. ‘Om Shakti’ devotees from adjoining villages in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had also gathered for the event, where “
Of the 200 gathered, those who consumed the rice-based offering soon began to vomit, writhe in pain, and exhibit other symptoms of severe food poisoning, according to eyewitness accounts. It has also come to light that a large number of crows and some other birds, approximately 80, which consumed the prasad died, PTI reported.
An eyewitness told the news agency that devotees decided to eat the rice-based offering even t
A district official told the press that the accident had resulted from the mixing of some toxic substance with the prasad. “We have collected samples and sent them to a laboratory for analysis,” he told NDTV.
A police official informed, “Doctors think the toxin could be
How the government responded
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy expressed shock over the
“I came to know about this while I was returning from Belagavi. Spoke to district authorities. At
Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shivananda Patil, accompanied by Chamarajnagar District in-charge Minister Puttaranga Shetty, MP R. Dhruvanarayana, Hanur MLA R. Narendra and Health Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey, visited KR Hospital and private hospitals and enquired about the condition of the patients.
Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao also visited the survivors today. Following his visit, Siddaramaiah tweeted about the entire incident, calling it unheard of and “a most inhuman act.”
“I have never heard of temple
“Doctors are doing their best to save the patients. Those admitted in ICU are being closely monitored,” Siddaramaiah further tweeted, adding, “I have told the doctors to provide
Prarthana Mitra is a staff writer at Qrius.
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