A student of Sainik School at Amaravthinagar in Tiruppur district died on Friday after having the breakfast served at school, reported Deccan Chronicle.
Twenty-five other students from the school are down with mild fever too.
Following this, the school has declared a holiday till July 24. Family and relatives of the deceased boy have been protesting demanding the arrest of the principal and the nurses.
The boy, VP Siddharth (11), hailed from Palani in Dindigul district.
The twenty-five students were reportedly kept under observation at the Taluk Government Hospital in Udumalpet. However, the authorities are yet to establish what exactly went wrong, reported The Hindu.
Deputy Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine KR Jayanthi said that they are waiting for the diagnostic tests results.
Captain TN Sridhar, the school principal, said that 10 cadets, who were staying in the hostel had developed the fever on Thursday evening.
“The incident was reported at 5 pm on Thursday. Immediately, they were attended to by the medical team comprising two nurses stationed in the school round the clock. Since the fever was mild, tablets were given and students were asked to take rest,” he said.
Sridhar said that medical personnel checked on the students in the morning. “Students themselves told us that they felt better. But at 7 30 am, Siddharth vomited and in the process developed choking. He was rushed to Udumalpet Government Hospital where he was declared ‘brought dead’,” said Sridhar.
According to The Hindu the parents of the students were only informed on Friday.
Siddharth’s parents, who refused to allow an autopsy, agreed to one after the Revenue Divisional Officer’s intervention.