Salepur: Following hospitalisation of 182 persons after consuming sherbet during the Maha Shivaratri celebrations in Salepur of Cuttack district, the sherbet seller was arrested on Thursday.
Salepur police arrested the sherbet seller Prabhakar Rout from Dhenkanal railway station.
As per reports, villagers of Raisunguda in Salepur Tehsil were taken ill on Wednesday night after consuming sherbet during Maha Shivaratri celebrations at local Sapneswar Temple.
The affected villagers were admitted to Raisunguda hospital, Mahanga Community Health Centre and Salepur hospital. A few of them were also shifted to the SCB Hospital and Medical College in Cuttack after their condition deteriorated.
While many of them have been discharged, a few others are still undergoing treatment.
"They are being treated for vomiting and food poisoning. Presently treatment is being provided at Raisunguda hospital, Mahanga Community Health Centre and Salepur hospital," said Cuttack CDMO Biswa Kalyana Patnaik.