A government primary school principal in Jaidopur in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia was suspended over the death of a student, possibly after choking on a fruit seed, officials said on Thursday.
The 5-year-old girl's family, however, claim that she had died after eating ''khichdi'' served at the mid-day meal in the school.
"Gunjan, 5, had reached school on Wednesday and had brought some jujube (ber) from home. After she consumed them, the fruit seed got stuck in her throat and she fell unconscious and later died," District Magistrate Aditi Singh said quoting a probe report of the Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA).
The District Magistrate said Gunjan's parents had later reached the school on Bansdeeh road with the girl's body and alleged that she had consumed ''khichdi'' in the mid-day meal that led to her death. They also protested at the school while senior officials reached the spot and ordered an inquiry into the matter.
The sample of ''khichdi'' was also taken and BSA Shiv Narain Singh suspended principal Shiv Kumari Yadav in the matter for her laxity.
The principal said all students ate ''khichdi'' but nothing happened to any of them. A detailed probe is on in the matter.
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