Two persons were arrested in connection with an incident where 47 doctors of Sion hospital falling sick after consuming sweets bought from a local shop for Independence Day celebration, police said today. However, the two were later let-off on bail.
Sion hospital’s canteen manager Gopal Devadiaya (49) and Hetram Verma (30), the owner of Agarwal Dairy (sweet shop at Sion) from where the expired ‘mawa’ sweets were bought, were arrested, Sion police station’s senior inspector Baburao Gavit said.
“We had arrested both the accused yesterday who were then produced in a local court. They are currently out on bail,” he said.
The accused have been booked under IPC sections 272 (adulteration of food or drink intended for sale), 273 (sale of noxious food or drink), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), and other relevant sections of the Food Safety and Standard Act.
Forty-seven doctors at the government-run Sion hospital had on Friday fallen sick after consuming the tri-coloured sweet (barfi-a sweet made out of mawa) during the Independence Day celebrations.
Sion hospital Dean Dr. Avinash Supe had said that after the flag-hoisting and other ceremonies, the doctors thought of getting some sweets to end the celebrations. But immediately after eating the sweets, many of them started feeling uneasy while some vomited, following which they had to be immediately admitted.
“Currently all except one have been discharged from the hospital. But even the admitted doctor is stable now and will be discharged by Monday or Tuesday,” Dr. Supe said.