Contaminated school lunch in India

The principal of a primary school in eastern India where 23 children died last week after eating lunch prepared with contaminated oil was arrested Wednesday, nine days after she went into hiding, police said.

Meena Kumari fled as soon as the children began falling ill after eating the lunch cooked at the school in Bihar state. Twenty-three children between the ages of 5 and 12 died after eating the meal and many others fell ill.

Forensic tests have revealed that the lunch contained toxic levels of a deadly pesticide. (AP)

Indian boys shout slogans during a protest organized by non-governmental organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save Childhood Movement, against the death of schoolchildren after eating free midday meal served at a school, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, July 20, 2013. Police say samples of cooking oil and leftover food taken from an Indian school where 23 children died after eating lunch this past week were contaminated with "very toxic" levels of an agricultural pesticide. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Indian boys shout slogans during a protest organized by non-governmental organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save Childhood Movement, against the death of schoolchildren after eating free midday meal served at a school, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, July 20, 2013. Police say samples of cooking oil and leftover food taken from an Indian school where 23 children died after eating lunch this past week were contaminated with "very toxic" levels of an agricultural pesticide. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Indian boys shout slogans during a protest organized by non-governmental organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save Childhood Movement, against the death of schoolchildren after eating free midday meal served at a school, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, July 20, 2013. Police say samples of cooking oil and leftover food taken from an Indian school where 23 children died after eating lunch this past week were contaminated with "very toxic" levels of an agricultural pesticide. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Indian children hold placards as they participate in a protest organized by non-governmental organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save Childhood Movement, against the death of schoolchildren after eating free midday meal served at a school, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, July 20, 2013. Police said samples of cooking oil and leftover food taken from an Indian school where 23 children died after eating lunch this past week were contaminated with "very toxic" levels of an agricultural pesticide. The placard reads "Stop serving poison in the name of mid-day meals." (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Indian children hold placards as they participate in a protest organized by non-governmental organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save Childhood Movement, against the death of schoolchildren after eating free midday meal served at a school, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, July 20, 2013. Police said samples of cooking oil and leftover food taken from an Indian school where 23 children died after eating lunch this past week were contaminated with "very toxic" levels of an agricultural pesticide. The placard reads "Stop serving poison in the name of mid-day meals." (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Indian children hold placards as they participate in a protest organized by non-governmental organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save Childhood Movement, against the death of schoolchildren after eating free midday meal served at a school, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, July 20, 2013. Police said samples of cooking oil and leftover food taken from an Indian school where 23 children died after eating lunch this past week were contaminated with "very toxic" levels of an agricultural pesticide. The placard reads "Stop serving poison in the name of mid-day meals." (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
An Indian boy shouts slogans, holding a placards during a protest organized by non-governmental organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save Childhood Movement, against the death of schoolchildren after eating free midday meal served at a school, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, July 20, 2013. Police say samples of cooking oil and leftover food taken from an Indian school where 23 children died after eating lunch this past week were contaminated with "very toxic" levels of an agricultural pesticide. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
An Indian boy shouts slogans, holding a placards during a protest organized by non-governmental organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save Childhood Movement, against the death of schoolchildren after eating free midday meal served at a school, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, July 20, 2013. Police say samples of cooking oil and leftover food taken from an Indian school where 23 children died after eating lunch this past week were contaminated with "very toxic" levels of an agricultural pesticide. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
An Indian boy shouts slogans, holding a placards during a protest organized by non-governmental organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save Childhood Movement, against the death of schoolchildren after eating free midday meal served at a school, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, July 20, 2013. Police say samples of cooking oil and leftover food taken from an Indian school where 23 children died after eating lunch this past week were contaminated with "very toxic" levels of an agricultural pesticide. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Contaminated school lunches in India
FILE- In this July 17, 2013 file photograph, Indian children who fell sick after eating a free school lunch lie at a hospital in Patna, India. A police official said authorities have arrested the principal of a school in eastern India where 23 children died last week after eating lunch prepared with contaminated oil. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui, File)
FILE- In this July 17, 2013 file photograph, Indian children who fell sick after eating a free school lunch lie at a hospital in Patna, India. A police official said authorities have arrested the principal of a school in eastern India where 23 children died last week after eating lunch prepared with contaminated oil. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui, File)
FILE- In this July 17, 2013 file photograph, Indian children who fell sick after eating a free school lunch lie at a hospital in Patna, India. A police official said authorities have arrested the principal of a school in eastern India where 23 children died last week after eating lunch prepared with contaminated oil. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui, File)

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