Hyderabad: Students at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) in Hyderabad's Sultanpur were horrified to find a rat swimming in the chutney served at their hostel mess. The video, filmed by a student, quickly went viral, sparking widespread concern over the food safety at the institution. The incident occurred on Monday night at the Sultanpur JNTU College in Telangana, following recent student protests about the unsanitary conditions of their hostel food.

After the video spread online, authorities directed the district administration to submit a detailed report on the incident.

Last month, Telangana food safety officials conducted inspections at the JNTU Sultanpur campus, revealing significant violations in the canteen’s kitchen. This raid followed a similar one at JNTU Kukatpally, which also exposed poor conditions. Officials found 15 kg of maida flour infested with black beetles and 25 kg of vegetables contaminated with fungus, both of which were discarded. The storeroom was unhygienic, with rodent presence and excessive rat excreta. The kitchen, wash area, and dining area were found in unsanitary conditions. Food handlers lacked proper attire and medical records, and the RO water plant was non-operational.

In a separate incident, a lizard was found in the breakfast served to students at a girls' hostel linked to a government school in Medak district, Telangana. Seventeen students who had eaten the breakfast were taken to a primary health center, with two experiencing stomach pain being transferred to another hospital. In response, a cook and an assistant cook were terminated for negligence, and the caretaker and Special Officer of Model School Girls' Hostel received show-cause notices. The incident was discovered when a student found a lizard in the upma served for breakfast. The caretaker immediately instructed all students to stop eating and took the affected students to the health center for examination. Subsequently, 70 more students were taken to the health center for precautionary check-ups.

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Pune, Jul 22: A man and his friend were arrested for allegedly throwing the body of a woman in Indrayani river in Pune and flinging her two children into the waterbody as well when they started crying, a police official said on Monday.

The 25-year-old pregnant woman died when she was sent by her paramour and main accused, Gajendra Dagadkhaire, to Thane near Mumbai for an abortion, the Pimpri Chinchwad police station official said.

"On the way back on July 9, Dagadkhaire and his associate Ravikant Gaikwad threw the woman's body into the Indrayani river near Talegaon. When her children, aged two and five, started crying, the duo pushed them into the river as well. The woman was estranged from her husband and was in a relationship with Dagadkhaire, which resulted in her getting pregnant," the official said.

After the woman's mother approached police with a missing person complaint, a probe began, resulting in the arrest of Dagadkhaire and Gaikwad based on technical evidence, he said.

"The bodies of the woman and the two children have not been found as yet. Dagadkhaire and Gaikwad were remanded in police custody till July 30. Further probe into the case is underway," the official informed.