Chamarajanagara/Mysuru, Dec 22 (IECurrentAffairs) The four people arrested in connection with food poison in prasad distributed at a temple that led to death of 16 devotees and more than 100 took ill on December 13, were remanded to 15 days Judicial Custody by Kollegal Court on Saturday.
The arrested including the main culprit Immadi Mahadevaswamy, junior seer of Salur Mutt at MM Hills, were produced before the Magistrate Srikanth at his residence on Friday night.
Besides Mahadevaswamy, Madesha, temple manager, his wife Ambika, and priest Doddaiah have been arrested by the police for allegedly planning and executing the crime at Sulwadi Kichhugatti Maramma Temple in which 16 people died and more than 100 persons still undergoing treatment in various hospitals in Mysuru.
A police team led by Superintendent of Police Dharamendra Kumar Meena conduced spot mahazars in and around the Kicchugatti Maramma temple at Sulwadi and house of Ambika who mixed the poison in the prasada distributed to devotees.
Police said that for security reason the arrested were lodged in the Mysuru Central Prison.
Chamarajanagara District Incharge Minister Puttaranaga Shetty along with Lok Sabha member R Dhruvanaraya visited various hospitals in Mysuru and interacted with patients who are under going treatments.
Chamarajanagara District Health Officer Dr Prasad said in all 110 people were admitted to as many as 11 hospitals in the Mysuru city.
He said that PHCs in and around Sulwadi are being supported to extend best available follow-up treatment for those discharged from hospitals. The Department has also deployed three ambulances with life support system and other facilities to ferry the patients in the unlikely event of they developing fresh complications.
A few doctors and paramedical staff have also been deployed in the village to examine discharged patients and monitor their health. Psychologists are also part of the team to provide counseling to enable a quick recovery, he added.
Sri Salur Brahanmath seer Pattada Guruswamy, in a release here, said that the mutt, had nothing to do with the poisoning case. The mutt is deeply pained by the recent developments and will extend assistance to the victims besides providing free education for children affected by the tragedy.