One dead, 20 hospitalised after having chickpeas

One dead, 20 hospitalised after having chickpeas
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GUWAHATI | AUG 22, 2020:

One person died and 20 people have been hospitalised after they consumed bootma (chickpeas) at Bezara near Baihata Chariali in Assam's Kamrup district on Thursday.

"They reported the incident in the evening after some people had gone for a shop opening and had the chickpeas. About 80 people consumed the bootma and at least 20 have been hospitalised," said the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup district, Kailash Karthik N.

"One person has died, but we will only be able to confirm this after the post-mortem report is out," he said.

"It is too early to comment on what led to the incident. Our primary focus is to take care of the people. We will launch a thorough investigation into this matter," he added.

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