Chhapra midday meal tragedy: Former principal gets 17 yrs in jail

The court found the former primary school principal guilty of serving poisonous midday meal to 23 students, leading to their deaths, and convicted her of culpable homicide "not amounting to murder"

A court in Bihar’s Chhapra on Monday sentenced a former primary school principal for 17 years of imprisonment in a case of culpable homicide for the death of 23 children because of poisonous midday meal, ‘Indian Express’ has reported.

Former school principal Meena Devi was convicted, while her husband was acquitted by the court on Thursday. The court found Devi guilty of serving the poisonous midday meal to students and convicted her of culpable homicide “not amounting to murder”.

The court sentenced Devi to 17 years under two Sections of 304 and 308 of the IPC. As per the order, she will have to undergo 10 years of imprisonment under Section 304 while seven years of imprisonment under Section 308 of IPC.

The court also slapped a fine of Rs 2.50 lakh under Section 304 and Rs 1.25 lakh under Section 308 of the IPC on Devi. Meena Devi’s family said that they will move the Patna High Court after the pronouncement of the sentence from the local court.