July 18th, 2013
09:15 AM ET
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The headmistress of the Indian school where poisoned lunches killed 22 students is on the run.

Local police chief Sujit Kumar said authorities are looking for the principal, who was not named, and her husband for questioning.

The students started vomiting soon after their first bite of rice and potatoes Tuesday at the school in the northeastern state of Bihar. Some fainted.

On Thursday, 25 people remained hospitalized - including 24 students and the school's cook, whose accounts of the incident are under scrutiny.

Bihar state Education Minister P.K. Shahi said the children were poisoned by an insecticide that was in the food.

Shahi said the school's cook had questioned the quality of the oil she was supposed to use, but was overruled by the school's headmistress.

"The information which has come to me indeed suggests that the headmistress was told by the cook that medium of cooking was not proper, and she suspected the quality of the oil," Shahi said. "But the headmistress rebuked her, and chastised the children, and forced them to continue the meal."

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  1. personal training Long Island

    Poisoned lunches killed 22! The people responsible should be burned at the stake.

    January 15, 2014 at 10:45 pm |
  2. 22 down - a couple of tens of millions to go

    Not quite Monsanto, but a start.

    August 16, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
  3. Karl Marx

    We only know what is in the press report. People are willing to pass sentence w.o. evidence. Even Zimmerman got a trial.

    August 14, 2013 at 3:53 am |
  4. Edwin

    What a depraved thing to do. Hope they catch her soon, would probably help the process if they would release a name or description to the public.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:53 am |
  5. joe smith

    very sad; reminds me of the greed masked as terrorists in the bengazzi affair, i wonder who really got the $$ from gaddaffis weapons being secretly smuggled thru bengazzi port..

    July 24, 2013 at 8:30 am |
  6. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Obviously intentional mass murder. When the story first broke I glanced through the story and thought maybe farming technique. Now that I read further, instant vomiting = intentional poisoning.

    They'll catch her. This is one of those times where I'm glad she won't be going through the American "justice" system, she'll get the ol' SW Asia Justice System. = )

    July 18, 2013 at 9:44 am |
    • Lost

      Someone did try to warn her, but she chose to ignore it. She has much to answer for.

      August 9, 2013 at 12:23 am |
  7. Truth™

    I hope that this (rhymes with how you kick a football on fourth down) is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and never has any freedom ever again.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:39 am |
    • Jackson

      When they throw her in prison, they should feed her the exact same meal the kids ate, and feed it to her every day, all three meals, until she dies.

      August 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
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