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Police file FIR, collect food samples

The Mumbai Police have registered an FIR in connection with the food poisoning incident on Thursday in which an estimated 5,000 students attending a pan-Mumbai event had to be rushed to hospital after consuming food supplied by Box8.
“We have registered an FIR for causing injury or endangering life of others under the IPC in connection with the matter. No one has been named as an accused at this point. We are conducting inquiries at the kitchen in Thane from where the food was supplied for the event,” said Senior PI Ramchandra Jadhav with Khar police station.
The Khar police were the first to be informed of the incident after seven students attending the event at the Thadomal Shahani College of Engineering were rushed to Lilavati Hospital in Bandra on Thursday. The Lala Lajpatrai College in Tardeo, KC College in Churchgate and Whistling Woods Institute in Goregaon were also venues for the event.
By Thursday evening, the Tardeo police were also informed by the Jaslok Hospital authorities about a similar case, and inquiries soon confirmed that food was supplied from the same kitchen to all the venues. On Friday, it was decided to let the Khar police head the probe as they were the first respondents.
“We have handed over our paperwork pertaining to the investigation to the Khar police. We had collected some samples of the food on Thursday and sent them for forensic analysis. The reports will also be forwarded to the Khar police,” said PI Dnyanesh Devade with Tardeo police station.
The Khar police too have collected samples from the kitchen in Thane and will be sending them for analysis, officers said.
“We have begun inquiries with the Thane kitchen staff to find out who was responsible for ensuring the food supplied was safe for consumption. The entire supply chain, from the cooks to those who transported it to the venues, will be questioned,” Mr Jadhav added.
Cops are probing the Box8 kitchen in Thane to find out who is responsible for food safety

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