79 children fell ill after a lizard was found in their mid-day meal at a government school in Bhilwara district, about 250 km from here, on Tuesday.

187 children of the upper primary government school in the district's Banera teshil were served dal chawal as part of their mid-day meal at the school at 10.30 in the morning.

A few minutes later, one of the students complained of a dead lizard in the meal.

Soon after, other students also complained of finding lizard parts in their food, some found a tail while others discovered lizard feet in their food, Bhilwara collector Onkar Singh told The Hindu.

“79 children complained of nausea and stomach pain and were taken to the nearby Community Health Centre from where 78 of them were discharged,” Mr. Singh said.

One girl student who complained of persistent stomach pain was referred to the district hospital.

“All the students are fine now and the one girl in question is also better. She will also be discharged tomorrow,” he said.

The school's headmaster Kailash Garg, mid-day meal in-charge Dinesh Tanwar were suspended with immediate effect while Additional Block Education Officer Ladulal Kohli was also removed , said Mr. Singh.