Eight children in Meghalaya's Ri-Bhoi district have died of suspected food poisoning and over 100 others are undergoing medical treatment, an official said on Tuesday.
The children died after consuming pork after attending a church gathering on Sunday at Nongkya village, Ri-Bhoi District Magistrate Chinmay P Gotmare said.
"Three persons died on Monday and another five on Tuesday morning in hospitals," he said.
Gotmare said he had ordered a magisterial inquiry to ascertain what caused the deaths. Villagers claimed the consumption of pork led to the tragedy.