15 Nepalese ill after eating poison-laced roti

15 Nepalese ill after eating poison-laced roti

KATHMANDU - The fifteen people who were taken ill apparently after consuming poison-laced rotis, at Pida-8 of Tukun in Dhading district on Sunday, are recovering at a hospital in Kathmandu.

Among them, 30-year old Tek Bahadur Tamang is in serious condition and might need ventilator support, according to doctors involved in his treatment.

Also, doctors have not administered any treatment on Samjhana Tamang, 28, who is pregnant, fearing risks for the baby in her womb.

According to Dr Ram Prasad Shrestha, medical director of Manmohan Memorial Hospital, Swoyambhu, four people being treated at Shiva Jyoti Hospital in Balkhu have been referred to his hospital.

"Barring the two, other patients are recovering," he said.

Six members of a family had died on Sunday after consuming poison-laced rotis.

Sanja Bahadur Syangtan, 62, his daughter-in-law Phulmaya Syangtan, 28, seven-year-old granddaughter Sabita, and grandsons Ramesh, 5, Anil, 2, Arjun, 5, died of poisoning.

Tragedy struck the Syangtan family when they ate chapatis made by grinding wheat seeds preserved with pesticide. The poisonous wheat did not only affect the Syangtans but the family of the watermill owner too.

Meanwhile, the bodies were cremated en masse on Tuesday. Dhading Chief District Officer Nanda Lal Ghimire said the victims have demanded immediate relief from the government.

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