Chhapra midday meal tragedy: Principal sent to 10 years imprisonment for death of 23 children

Patna: A Chhapra court on Monday sentenced Gandaman primary school principal to 10 years imprisonment in connection with the 2013 mid-day meal tragedy, in which 23 children had died after eating poisonous soya bean curry.


Meena Devi was pronounced guilty in the case on August 24 by the court of additional district judge II for culpable homicide, not amounting to murder and criminal negligence, even though the Special Investigation Team had claimed there was a strong case against her.


Meanwhile, the court acquitted Meena Devi’s husband Arjun Yadav alias Arjun Rai of all charges due to lack of evidence.


The tragedy had taken place at the government primary school in Dahrmasati Gandawan village at Mashrakh block, about 25 km from Chhapra and 60 km from state capital, where about 80 children consumed the mid-day meal on 16 July 2013.

News24 Bureau