Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Seventy six intermediate students of Narayana coaching centre fell sick after eating the egg fried rice served for supper on Wednesday here at Kothapet of Saroornagar. All of them, except a girl Pravallika, were discharged by Thursday afternoon after being treated at three private hospitals.

Activists of different student organisations and the Telangana Rashstra Samithi held demonstrations at the centre on Wednesday night accusing the management of the centre of negligence. Mild tension prevailed when some of them barged into the centre and damaged the kitchen and furniture.

Demonstrations

The demonstrations continued on Thursday morning as well. The Saroornagar police, who took 10 workers of Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad into preventive custody on Thursday, registered a criminal case under section 284 (negligence conduct with respect to poisonous substances) of Indian Penal Code against the college management.

Inspector N. Narasimha Reddy said nearly 500 students of the centre were served egg fried rice for dinner on Wednesday from 7 p.m. onwards. Some of them started vomiting after a couple of hours. “Initially, two resident doctors of the centred treated the students. As the number of students falling sick rose to 76, they were rushed to the nearby Kamineni, Swapna and Sai Kamal hospitals,” he said.

All the students recuperated by Thursday morning and were discharged. One girl Pravalika was kept under observation when reports last came in. Doctors said her condition, however, was not serious.