Principal jailed for 17 years for meal deaths

Patna, Aug 29 (IANS) A Bihar court on Monday jailed for 17 years the principal of a primary school where 23 children died after eating contaminated food three years ago.

V.A. Tiwari, the Additional District and Sessions Judge in Saran, gave the ruling against Meena Devi.

According to a government lawyer, the judge ruled that Meena Devi would serve 10 years in prison on charges of culpable homicide and another seven years for attempt to culpable homicide.

Meena Devi was convicted on August 24 after the court found her guilty of serving poisonous mid-day meal to students and convicted her of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

The court acquitted her husband Arjun Rai for lack of evidence.



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