Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: A police constable died and his two colleagues took ill after consuming "Ramarasa" served at a temple in Sampangiramnagar police station limits during Sri Ramanavami celebrations on Tuesday.

According to the police, constable Venkatesh brought a bottle of "Ramarasa", a concoction made by grinding dry fruits and poppy seeds from a temple at K.S. Garden.

Venkatesh and his two colleagues Shivaraj and Srinivasa Murthy consumed it.

Around 11.30 p.m. Venkatesh started vomiting and developed breathlessness. He was rushed to hospital where he was declared brought dead, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) G.B. Chebbi told The Hindu on Wednesday. Shivaraj and Srinivasa Murthy, who complained of uneasiness, were treated at a hospital.

Venkatesh, a resident of Preethinagar at Laggere, was the son of Krishnaiah, a traffic sub-inspector in Jalahalli. The leftover "Ramarasa" and the bottle have been sent for analysis to the Forensic Science Lab.