Laboratory assessments confirmed the presence of the pesticide monocrotophos. Information company Reuters is reporting that fourteen pilgrims have died and  greater than 100 needed to go to hospital after devotees consumed parts of tomato rice blessed at a Hindu temple in .Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district, India. In line with the report by TRTworld.com, “A senior police officer instructed Reuters laboratory assessments confirmed the presence of monocrotophos – a pesticide that assaults the nerves – in meals and vomit samples.“‘We’re looking for out how the meals received contaminated and never ruling out foul play. Now we have detained a number of folks and are enquiring additional,’ mentioned Chamrajnagar district police superintendent Dharmender Kumar Meena, with out specifying the variety of arrests.“The identical pesticide was answerable for the dying of 23 schoolchildren within the japanese state of Bihar in 2013, considered one of India’s worst mass poisonings. That was brought on by cooking oil saved in a container beforehand used to retailer monocrotophos.“In line with the World Well being Group (WHO), swallowing simply 120 milligrams of monocrotophos – the burden of about 5 grains of rice – will be deadly. In a 2009 report, the U.N. well being company urged India to ban the pesticide, as the USA, European Union and numerous different Asian nations have accomplished.“Its import is now unlawful in no less than 46 nations. However India plans to proceed permitting its use in non-vegetable crops as a result of it’s efficient and cheaper than alternate options, mentioned a senior authorities official.“Monocrotophos prices solely about 50 rupees (70 U.S. cents) a kg, whereas an identical patented various would price as a lot as 20,000 rupees, mentioned Pranjib Kumar Chakrabarty, assistant director normal of the state-run Indian Council of Agricultural Analysis.“’Farmers wish to hold utilizing it,’ Chakrabarty instructed Reuters. ‘It’s protected so long as finest practices are adopted and they don’t seem to be utilized in greens.’“Monocrotophos controls a spread of pests from aphids to caterpillars, mites, moths, stem borers and locusts on crops reminiscent of cotton, rice and sugarcane. Poisoning signs can embrace sweating, nausea, vomiting, blurred imaginative and prescient and foaming on the mouth. “