A dead rat was found in a vessel containing sambar that was part of the “Bisi Oota” meal served to pourakarmikas at Srirammandir ward on Tuesday.
The sambar was brought to the BBMP health office as part of the meal served to pourakarmikas. “There was a large black rat inside the vessel,” said Deepa Ganesh, councillor, Srirammandir ward, adding that a similar incident had occurred in December.
Ms. Ganesh said the rat might have fallen into the vessel either during cooking or transportation. “Officials should examine the complete chain of delivery to ensure such mistakes do not repeat,” she said.
However, when the matter was raised in the council on Wednesday, the Mayor dismissed the claim, saying “something small like a rat” was found in the vessel.
The councillor alleged that no BBMP official had come to the health office. “Today morning, a rat was found outside the Mayor’s house and every official assembled there. But when the health of 30,000 workers was at stake, no official responded,” he said.
The spokesperson for ISKCON, which supplies the meals, was not available for comment.