Bihar Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar speaking to ANI
Bihar Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar speaking to ANI

Conspiracy hatched to defame litchi produced in Bihar: State Agriculture Min

ANI | Updated: Jun 21, 2019 15:12 IST

Patna (Bihar) [India], Jun 21 (ANI): Bihar Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar on Friday came out with a theory claiming that a conspiracy was hatched to defame litchi produced in the state, following an outbreak of encephalitis in Muzaffarpur district which has claimed lives of 122 children.
Speaking to ANI, the minister said that a team of agricultural experts was constituted to ascertain whether litchi were responsible for Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) or not.
"We have constituted a team of agriculture experts to probe whether litchi are responsible for encephalitis or not in Muzaffarpur. People have been consuming litchi since long but now it's become a problem for all, how? I think there is some conspiracy going on to defame litchi. These litchi were exported worldwide but we are not getting any complaint from anywhere except Muzaffarpur. I have instructed the concerned department to investigate," Kumar told ANI.
The death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) touched 122 in Muzaffarpur district on Friday morning.
Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey had earlier said that a team formed to ascertain the cause of this disease concluded that sleeping empty stomach at night, dehydration due to humidity and eating litchi on empty stomach were some of the causes of encephalitis.
The AES is a viral disease that causes flu-like symptoms such as high fever, vomiting and in extreme cases, brain dysfunction, seizure and inflammation of heart and kidney. (ANI)