An FIR has been registered against a 12-year- old girl after she allegedly added a poisonous substance to the midday meal provided at her school. She reportedly wanted to avenge her brother's death, who had died at the same school a few months ago.
The incident occurred at a school in Barulia village under the Bankata Police station in Uttar Pradesh.
The SHO of Bankata Devendra Singh Yadav said, "Case under IPC section 328, which relates to causing hurt by means of poison, has been registered against the girl."
The officer revealed that the police have already initiated the process to send her to a juvenile home. The case was registered after the principal of the school filed a complaint against the girl. The school authorities believe that she allegedly tried to poison the food to avenge the death of her younger brother who was murdered by another student of the school in April.
"The school authorities have told us that she decided to take revenge for her brother's murder by killing all the children," the officer said, reports News18.
The poison was detected before the students ate the food. According to media reports, the school cook, Radhika, noticed the girl going into the kitchen before lunch time. Radhika grew suspicious of her behaviour and even noticed a white coating on the daal, which was to be served to the children. The cook then alerted the school principal, who lodged a police complaint.
The news of this incident spread like wildfire and the villagers beat the girl's mother. The police immediately reached the school along with officials of the food safety and drug administration to control the situation.
The mid-day scheme, one of India's most popular and effective government schemes, is frequently in the news for the wrong reasons.
Back in 2013, as many as 23 children had died in Bihar after eating contaminated lunch.