PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said vested interests were behind spreading rumours of skin rashes after applying “mehendi” and contamination of milk supplied by a State-run dairy firm and asked the police to go into the matter.

“The rumours have been fanned by vested interests to spike the festive spirit on the occasion of Id....The milk pouches have been found contamination-free,” said Mr. Kumar, adding that it seemed to be part of a bigger conspiracy.

The Chief Minister has asked ADG (Headquarters) Neelmani to thoroughly investigate it and bring the guilty to book.

With rumours about supply of contaminated milk, angry residents had on Monday destroyed hundreds of pouches of milk manufactured by a State-run dairy firm.

Several complaints of skin eruptions were also reported from various parts of the State with women and girls thronging different hospitals for treatment, but none of them was found to be serious, officials said.

The State Government has decided to send the samples of “mehendi” and the milk to different labs in Kolkata for test. - PTI.