Two children have died and over 400 hospitalised after eating food at an iftaar party in North 24 Parganas district, Minister of State for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya said today.
The condition of five of 435 other patients was critical at the ID Hospital at Beliaghata locality, Bhattacharya told PTI.
She said a large number of people fell ill after eating 'Ghugni' (made of pulses), prepared at a community kitchen, for an iftaar party on Monday at Bankra area in North Dum Dum in the neighbouring North 24 Parganas district.
All the victims were taken to the ID hospital where two children, a six-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy died.
A medical team has been sent to Bankra, the minister said.