Violent Protests Follow Deaths of Indian School Children Killed by School Meal

22 dead, dozens in hospital


There have been violent protests in the Indian state of Bihar after 22 children died and dozens more fell sick after eating a tainted free school meal.

Four police vehicles were set on fire in Dharmasati Gandaman in Saran district during the protests by parents and hundreds of villagers.

A doctor at the local hospital said a chemical used in pesticides is likely to be the cause of the contamination.

The Mid-Day Meal Scheme provides free food, but often suffers poor hygiene.