Thirteen children and a helper were hospitalised after they allegedly consumed the midday meal at an anganwadi in Dwarka’s Uttam Nagar, the police said on Tuesday.

The police were informed around noon that 13 children and a woman had fallen ill right after consuming rice and boiled gram as part of their midday meal at anganwadi number 27 in Hastsal Vihar, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse.

After the police reached the spot, the children and helper Rama, who has been working as a helper at the anganwadi for the last five to six months, told them that they had vomited and fainted after the meal.

“They were all rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where they are undergoing treatment,” the officer said.

The anganwadi is run by one Anita (47) for the past 11 years, the police said, adding that the meal was supplied to the anganwadi by ‘Akriti Self Help Group’, “which claims to supply midday meal to 30 anganwadis” across the Capital.

The anganwadi accommodates 46 children and 13 pregnant women.

No arrests made

A case has been registered under Section 336 Indian Penal Code, the police said, adding that no arrests have been made so far.

Recently, 30 girls studying at a Delhi government school in Narela fell sick allegedly after consuming the midday meal. Another incident was reported from Delhi’ Kalyanpuri, where two students fell ill after consuming the midday meal.

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