Eight members of a family, including four children, were taken ill possibly due to food poisoning at Miyapur Akhtiyarpur village in Shahjahanpur’s Sindhauli block. They were found in a semi-conscious state by a neighbour, who raised an alarm and they were taken to the community health centre.
According to Sharan, he had invited his sister Verma Devi, 56, and his nephew Sheru, 25, for dinner on Saturday night. Everyone ate pumpkin and chapatis made of wheat flour and went to sleep. Thereafter, everyone fell ill and could not even gather the strength to inform anybody and ask for help.
Fortunately, their neighbour Jagatpal happened to see Sharan. Sindhauli police also arrived on the spot to investigate if somebody had tried to poison the family but found nothing suspicious. The wheat flour used for making chapatis was not poisoned.
The doctors at the district hospital said all the family members were stable in the evening but the children would be kept under observation till Monday.
Station officer of Sindhauli police station said, “We received the information about the suspected poisoning case but when we inspected the village and spoke with doctors, it turned out to be a case of food poisoning. We will be recording the statement of the family members once they are discharged from hospital.”