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Dalit cook row: Students now complain of food poisoning

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

A few students of a school, mired in controversy over appointment of a woman for noon meal, took ill after eating the in a suspected case of poisoning even as she claimed it to be a conspiracy to throw her out.

As many as 12 students of Thirumalaigoundanmpalayam government school in neighbouring district were hospitalised yesterday as they complained of vomiting after taking the noon meal, police said.

Parents of the children alleged that a dead lizard was found in the food, following which the lodged a complaint of negligence of duty against P Pappal, the cook.

However, said she and her daughter had also taken the and claimed that the allegation of food poisoning was part of a conspiracy to remove her from the school, police said.

The incident comes a day after Pappal's husband had petitioned the district administration in seeking police protection over concerns of his family's safety.

was transferred to another school last month after the parents of children of Gounder community had opposed to her posting as the cook at the school and exerted pressure on the authorities concerned to shift her.

However, after the matter reached higher officials, she was reinstated at the school and cases were registered against 87 people in connection with the incident.

The has also taken cognisance of the matter and sought explanation on the 'humiliation' meted out to the woman.

S Shanthi besides senior district, and police officials carried out an inquiry into the suspected food poisoning, police said adding further investigation was on.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 16:40 IST