Police have already started questioning the caterer who made the desserts. By 10.30pm, the guests attending the function at Uvarsad village, some 3km from the city, had started complaining of vomiting and dysentery and were taken to hospital. The civil hospital in Gandhinagar saw some 135 admissions, including five children younger than 10. Some 65 men aged between 24 and 73 years were admitted to hospital.
“We suspect staphylococcal food poisoning in this case, as most guests had consumed basundi, which is susceptible to this particular strain of bacterial infection,” says a senior medical officer at Gandhinagar civil hospital. Uvarsad sarpanch Baldev Thakor, who was also recovering from the food poisoning told TOI, “Many people had two servings of basundi and halwa after dinner. Of the 315 guests, close to 200 complained of food poisoning. I was informed that 50 were taken to private clinics and most were discharged in the morning.”
Suresh Patel, 41, said, “I suffered severe diarrhoea at around 11.30pm and had to be rushed to hospital. I was losing a lot of fluids, but I am ok now.”