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Witnesses say individuals shortly fell sick after consuming rice following a consecration ceremony

Eleven individuals have died and dozens extra have fallen sick after consuming rice at a temple in India, police say.

About 70 individuals have been admitted to hospital after consuming the meals following a ceremony within the southern state of Karnataka.

A police spokesman informed the BBC that 11 sufferers are in a vital situation.

Two individuals have reportedly been arrested following the incident, and one well being official informed native media that the meals might have been poisoned.

“We have been supplied tomato rice [which] was smelling,” one one who attended the ceremony informed reporters.

“All those that threw it away are wonderful,” they added. “Those that ate [it] began vomiting and complained of abdomen ache.”

The incident occurred on the Maramma temple within the Chamarajanagar district on Friday, the place a particular occasion was going down.

The rice was reportedly served as a non secular providing to the congregation as they left the temple.

“Right this moment was the consecration ceremony right here,” one other witness stated, earlier than including that many individuals had travelled from neighbouring villages to attend the occasion.

Some have expressed shock on the information on social media, together with former Indian Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.

“Households who’ve misplaced their lives within the catastrophe ought to have the power and braveness to endure the ache,” he wrote in a tweet.