In a suspected case of food poisoning, around 34 people fell ill after consuming pedhas (sweets) distributed at Katkaripada hamlet in Murbad tehsil in the district, police said on Friday.The incident took place last evening and the affected villagers were rushed to the Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar, the rural police said.Those affected include 13 minors and eight women, police said adding that around eight people have been discharged so far.”A couple from Pimpri Chinchwad had visited Mahadev temple at Sangam river in the taluka on Thursday. After performing a puja, they distributed pedhas to the residents of Katkaripada hamlet located nearby,” PI Ajay Wasave of Murbad police station said.Soon after consuming the sweets, the villagers complained of giddiness, nausea and started vomiting. They were rushed to the hospital by local residents, he said.”Out of the 34 affected villagers, eight persons were discharged this noon. The rest are still being treated and kept under observation at the hospital,” Wasave added.Police said that they are on the lookout for the couple, who distributed the sweets.Samples of the sweets have been collected and sent for analysis, police said.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Convicted for the 2003 bomb blasts, Saquib Nachan, Wednesday was released from Thane Central jail. Nachan was convicted for possessing weapons under the Prevention of Terrorist Act (POTA) and was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment. After being released from prison, Nachan left for his native town of Padhga with his relatives.In 2002 and 2003, within a span of four months, there were four blasts at Mumbai Central, Vile Parle and Mulund railway stations that killed 12 persons. Nachan was accused by Mumbai Police as the mastermind of the blasts and he was arrested from Padgha of Thane district.Nachan was the former secretary of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Nachan completed 10 years of punishment out of which one year and eight months were spent as a convict at the Thane Central Prison, while the remaining period was spent as an undertrial.”I respect the judiciary system and after my release I wish to spend quality time with my family members,” said Nachan.”The prison authorities and conditions in the jail are proper. Now, as a grandfather, I would bring up my grandchildren,” said Nachan.It was a festive time for the guests and family members who thronged the residence of Nachan. Sweets were distributed in the locality and special dishes were made for the guests. “We are happy that Saquib Bhai has returned and we still feel that he was framed by the government for doing social work for our community,” said a local resident.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Food and Drugs Administration is reaching out to Ganpati mandals and food vendors to raise awareness and educate them on food safety measures.Every year, during Ganeshotsav, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) collects samples of sweets from various eateries to keep a check on adulteration. Besides the annual testing of samples of mawa, barfi and other sweets, this year the FDA also conducted a one-day workshop for food vendors who sell sweets near Ganpati pandals as well as mandal members on food safety and hygiene.FDA Commissioner Dr Pallavi Darade said, “We will be conducting regular checks on adulteration like we do each year. But this year we called up few mandals registered with the BMC, advising them to track and take precautions at their end on the quality of prasad and food items distributed,” she said.Over 70 mandals and sweets vendors attended the workshop conducted by FDA and FSSAI.Besides safety, hygiene measures while making the sweets were also discussed.”This initiative is one step ahead of the regular anti-adulteration drive,” Darade said.DIAL A COMPLAINTDevotees can complain about adulteration in food on FDA helpline number: 1800222365