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Sangrur food poisoning case: Meritorious School's principal suspended; mess food manager arrested

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Shefali Kohli
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Sangrur food poisoning case: Meritorious School's principal suspended; mess food manager arrested
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Sangrur food poisoning case: Taking a swift action into the Sangrur food poisoning case, Meritorious School's principal Dr Manish Mohan Sharma suspended. 

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The contractor and manager of the food mess has been arrested and the case has been registered against them under Sections 307, 202 and 203. 



In a tragic incident that unfolded at Meritorious School in a village of Sangrur district in Punjab, as many as 74 students fell ill after having food at the hostel mess. 

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According to officials, 18 students were admitted to the Sangrur civil hospital Friday evening and 56 Saturday morning. Of these, 14 have been discharged and the remaining 60 are still permitted to the PGIMER satellite centre in Sangrur and the civil hospital. All the students are reported to be stable.

Parents, on the contrary blamed the school administration after their children fel ill. Parents claimed that adulterated and low-quality food was served, causing their children's illnesses. 



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Taking swift action into the case, Punjab Education Minister Harjot Singh Bains cancelled the hostel mess canteen contract and ordered an inquiry at the district level. 

Notably, Punjab Government opened Meritorious Schools under the “Society for Promotion of Quality Education for Poor & Meritorious Students of Punjab”. The Schools are residential and affiliated to PSEB and are for 10 1 & 10 2 classes only with the aim of placing deserving students into professional colleges at the all India level.

The students are providing free education, lodging/boarding, books, stationery & uniforms. The School routine is scheduled to ensure overall development with an emphasis on academics



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