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11 die, more than 90 fall ill after eating temple food in India

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Devotees light incense and earthen lamps at a temple of Lord Ganesha, an elephant-headed god widely worshiped by Hindus, in Guwahati, capital of India's northeastern state of Assam, Feb. 12, 2016. Xinhua/Stringer

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Eleven people including two children died and more than 90 were hospitalised after consuming a religious food offering at a temple in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, police said on Saturday, calling it a suspected case of mass food poisoning.

Two people have been questioned in connection with the incident on Friday, after devotees fell ill when they ate tomato rice at a Hindu temple. Many people are still being treated for vomiting, diarrhea and respiratory diseases.

Media reports in India said the suspected food poisoning was the result of pesticide contamination but police said it was too early to draw conclusions about the cause.

Several crows and dogs were also found dead after eating the food.

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