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    Twenty schoolchildren killed by midday meal at Indian school

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    Originally published on July 17, 2013

    At least 20 children died and dozens were taken to hospital with apparent food poisoning after eating a meal provided for free at their school in the Indian state of Bihar, sparking violent protests, Reuters reported.


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    Reuters reported: "Children, aged eight to 11, fell ill after consuming a lunch of rice, soybean and pulses on Tuesday. The school, in the district of Chapra, provided free meals under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the world's largest school feeding programme involving 120 million children.

    "The exact cause of the deaths will be known only after the postmortem examinations and food sample tests, doctors and state officials said.

    "Dozens of residents took to the streets in Chapra, pelting a police station with stones and setting ablaze buses and other vehicles, television channels showed.

    "Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered an inquiry into the incident and has offered 200,000 rupees (£2,250) to the families of those who have died, the state's food minister said."