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Rivalry, affair led to temple prasada tragedy?

KOLAR/CHIKKABALLAPUR: Chintamani police probing the Ganga Bhavani temple poisoning case, during which two other people died and a number of other others are crucial, have uncovered a internet of contention and illicit relationships.

Two ladies — Saraswathamma and Kavitha — died after consuming food which used to be dispensed outside the temple as prasada on Saturday, while a dozen others, including two youngsters, are undergoing treatment at a hospital in Chintamani the city of the district.

It is the second such incident in two months, after 11 other people died and 29 others fell ill after consuming poisoned prasada at a temple in Chamarajnagar in December.

On Sunday, police detained Lakshmi and Amaravathy, who allegedly cooked the ‘kesari bathtub’ (candy dish) which used to be served as prasada on Saturday. Police have sent samples of the prasada to the Forensic Science Laboratory. Police mentioned that while Lakshmi and Amaravathy admitted they cooked and dispensed the prasada to fulfil their wishes, they denied that they had poisoned it. Both claimed that an illicit dating the son-in-law of the deceased Saraswathamma used to be having with a girl used to be the principle cause for the incident.

No hint of poison found

Meanwhile, M Krishna Reddy, Chintamani MLA, quoting a preliminary report from Jalappa Hospital, mentioned docs who carried out the autopsy found no hint of poison within the our bodies of the 2 sufferers. However, police are looking forward to the FSL report.

Higher education minister GT Deve Gowda, who met relatives of the deceased and the ones improving in hospital, presented all assistance from the gover nment.

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