BANGALORE, India (AFP) – Two women have died and nine others including two children are undergoing treatment after eating contaminated food at a Hindu temple in southern India, police said.
It is the second such case in two months in the southern state of Karnataka, after at least 11 people died and 29 others fell ill after consuming poisoned rice at another temple in December last year.
The incident happened last Saturday after devotees in Chikkaballapura district’s Chintamani town – around 38 miles from the regional capital Bangalore – fell ill after consuming the temple food offered by two women.
“Two women devotees Kavita, 28 and Saraswathamma, 56 have died after consuming a local sweet offered at the temple. Nine others including two kids and three women devotees are being treated at a nearby hospital,” BS Srinivas, Deputy Superintendent of Police at Chintamani town told AFP.
“We have taken samples of the sweets consumed by the devotees for forensics and started our investigations,” he added, saying that they were looking for the individuals who had prepared the sweets and distributed them to the devotees.