Muzaffarnagar: An NGO and four people have been booked by police for negligence after a dead rat was found in a midday meal.

The accused are identified as principal Vinod Kumar, teachers Sanjive Kumar, Babita, Munnu Persad and supplier of the midday meal NGO Janklyan Samiti of Hapur. Meanwhile, eight students and a teacher were taken to hospital when they fell ill after consuming the food which contained the dead rat.

An inquiry has been ordered by additional district magistrate Amit Kumar Singh. According to Singh, police have registered a case against the five under sections 269 and 273 of the IPC.

He said the NGO, which has been supplying midday meals in 30 schools in the district, has been blacklisted and food samples have been sent to a laboratory for testing.

Divisional commissioner of Saharanpur division Sanjay Kumar has directed all district magistrates and officers of the Education Department of Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur and Shamli to keep a watch on the midday meals served at schools in their areas and ordered for strict action against those found guilty.