40 prisoners hospitalised for food poisoning

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 31 May 2013 22:22 IST

Prisoner shifted to hospital

Altogether 40 prisoners were admitted to hospital from Aguada jail and Mapusa judicial lock up due to food poisoning while one inmate – Mahadev Gaonkar – succumbed to food poisoning today afternoon.

There are still 26 prisoners being treated in the hospital, one among them at North District Hospital and rest of them at GMC hospital at Bambolim.

Aguada has total 126 prisoners while 80 under trials are locked up at Mapusa judicial lock up.

The prisoners who had to be admitted to the hospitals include 27 Aguada inmates and 13 from Mapusa lock up.

Later, one prisoner of Aguada and 12 from Mapusa were discharged and sent back to their respective jails.

Both the jails get food prepared by inmates of Aguada jail.

Vomiting and loose motion started since today morning, as a result of the food the prisoners had last night.

Mahadev Gaonkar, who was undergoing life imprisonment at Aguada jail for a murder he had committed and sentenced in September 2011, breathed his last at GMC during treatment.

Inspector General of Prisons Mihir Vardhan said the jail superintendent is conducting an inquiry and the report would be ready within a couple of days.

Officials of Foods and Drugs department, who came to collect the food samples at Aguada jail, witnessed the food was cooked without a proper kitchen and no hygiene is maintained in the place.

The food report however would take minimum two weeks.

The Aguada inmates initially were treated at Candolim health centre and were then shifted to GMC hospital.

As almost all the jail inmates started complaining of stomach ache, the health department deputed some doctors in the jail for preliminary test as it was risky to get all 126 prisoners out of the jail.

Police were deputed at the jail as well as while transporting the prisoners to the hospital in order to take a precaution that nobody runs away.

The police are now also deployed at the GMC and Mapusa district hospital for security purpose. 

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