Expired Noodles Kill 5-Yr-Old; 4 Of Family In Hospital

SRINAGAR: A five-year-old Kulgam girl died and four members of her family, including a baby of nine months, are seriously ill at Srinagar hospitals after consuming noodles said to have been packed five years ago.

The snack had been brought home from the family’s own shop in their native Noorabad village of Manzgam in the Kulgam district on Tuesday evening.

Little Aabroo died in a Sumo taxi the same night after an ambulance carrying the critically ill joint family to the Kulgam hospital ran out of fuel, and was laid to rest today after an autopsy.

The girl, her baby brother, uncle, aunt, young nephew had first been taken to the local health centre which referred them to Kulgam where doctors shifted the survivors to the district hospital in Anantnag.

Though given a gastric lavage there, the patients showed no improvement, and were sent to Srinagar, where the two surviving kids are at the GB Pant Children’s hospital and the adults at the SKIMS.

Abroo’s uncle, Gulzar Ahmad, had brought the packet of noodles from the joint family shop he owned with her father Nisar, who lives in the same house, reports said.

Both families had shared the snacks at around 6:30 in the evening, and immediately, Gulzar, his wife and son had fallen seriously sick along with Abroo and her nine-month-old brother Shazeb.

They were rushed for treatment by neighbours who came running to the house when Nisar and his wife started screaming at seeing the rest of the family critically ill, local said.

The noodle wrapper and samples of the cooked snack have been taken by the police for evidence and analysis, while a forensic report of specimens from Aabroo’s autopsy in awaited, officials said.

The superintendent of the police for the Kulgam district, Muhammad Shafi Mir, said that a case had been registered under section 174 for further investigations. 

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