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Assam: 8-Year-Old child dies after a tea party, other 50 hospitalized

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About 50 villagers from Arlongpira, Bokajan, Assam, were hospitalized on Friday due to food poisoning. A young girl of eight years old had also died in similar circumstances.

According to reports, people of the village consumed tea and biscuits at a local family, after which they all complained of being sick. 

Stomach pains, vomiting, and diarrhea were all prevalent symptoms in all of the patients.

A child had lost her life

An eight-year-old girl died as a result of food poisoning, while the others were hospitalized. 

At the moment, the locals are being treated at Bokajan Community Hospital, Assam. However, two of the villagers’ health had deteriorated and they had to be sent to a hospital in Dimapur, Nagaland. 

Pabitra Rangpi, a member of the Nilip Council, went to the hospital to check on the patients and pledged to look into the problem thoroughly.

Another such case in Assam

One person died and 198 others became unwell after being offered boxed lunch during a public meeting at the Diphu Medical College & Hospital (DMC&H), Assam grounds earlier in February. 

A total of 177 people were admitted to the hospital after that. Kangbura Bey has been identified as the dead. The incident occurred at DMCH at the opening ceremony for the first academic session of MBBS for 100 students.

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Other mysterious crime in the area

The death of a teenage girl was discovered under suspicious circumstances in Bokajan’s Chowkihowla Lakhiram village, causing outrage.

According to a police complaint, two teenage girls from the Lakhiram village, Sabita Hanchepi, and Anisha Entipi went to the Doigrung River for fishing on August 28 at around 9 a.m. and did not return home.

The local people then filed a missing person complaint with the Bokajan Police Station. 

According to the complaint, the police conducted an investigation in front of a magistrate on Sunday and discovered Sabita Hanchepi’s death in unexplained circumstances; however, the police have not been able to locate the other girl.

“Prima facie, it appears that the teenage girl has been murdered. There are several injury marks on her body,” a police official told the media on Monday.

Local villagers, on the other hand, said it was a case of rape and murder, suspecting that Anisha Entipi was also murdered and her body was stashed somewhere by the criminals. 

Meanwhile, the Bokajan police have sent Sabita Hanchepi’s remains for a post mortem.

Another such food poisoning case

In a case of probable food poisoning at an event attended by then-Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Karbi Anglong district earlier this year, over 170 people were hospitalized.

According to media sources, one young man died late after consuming packaged food at the Diphu Medical College Hospital’s first session’s ceremonial start (DMCH). The actual cause of death has yet to be determined by district officials.

“We have a report of one casualty at a place called Bokoliaghat. As per the initial police report, he died by suicide due to poisoning. As of now, we can’t say whether the youth died due to consumption of food at the event,” Ng Chandra Dhwaj Singha, deputy commissioner, Karbi Anglong said.

According to DMCH officials, 177 people were admitted to the hospital as a result of suspected food poisoning at the event, with diarrhea, extreme stomach discomfort, vomiting, and dehydration.

“We have discharged 116 persons and 61 persons are admitted at the hospital. Those affected include a first-year student of DMCH as well as some nursing students,” said Dr. Ratul Thakur, superintendent (in-charge), DMCH.

“All patients are stable and recovering well. We have read media reports about the death of one person but that hasn’t happened in our hospital and we don’t know the cause of his death,” he added.


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