Bangladesh Minister Smells Foul in Poisoning Deaths of 11 Policemen
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury said Wednesday he was not ruling out foul play in the deaths of 11 policemen from food poisoning during Ramadan.
"I am not ruling out the fact that it might be sabotage," he told reporters after meeting 15 policemen who survived the food poisoning and were being treated at hospitals in the southeastern port city of Chittagong.
"We will find out the truth and if there is any foul play we will ensure maximum punishment to those responsible."
All 26 victims, members of the elite Armed Police Battalion, fell sick immediately after they broke their second day of fasting on Sunday evening with snacks prepared in their camp kitchen near the lake town of Kaptai in Rangamati hill district.
The cook who made the meal, also a policeman, was among those who died.
Initial reports have blamed one of the dishes prepared for the fast-breaking feast for the poisoning.
Muslims must fast from dawn to dusk during the month of Ramadan – Bangladesh (AFP)