New Delhi, September 18:  Two unidentified men allegedly mixed rat poison in a water tank of a madrassa run by former Vice President Hamid Ansari’s wife Salma Ansari. These men were seen adding some tablets in the tank by one of the boys named Afzal, from the madrassa. When Afzal questioned them, one of the men threatened the boy with a country-made pistol to stay quiet. When the men left the spot, the boy took the rat poison wrapper they left near the tank and handed it over to warden Junaid Siddiqui and informed him about the incident.

Salma Ansari heads the Madrassa Chacha Nehru in Aligarh run by Al Noor Charitable Society.  The madrassa is a house for at least 4,000 children. Salma Ansari has called this incident ‘shocking and scary’. She told Times of India that a police complaint is filed against two unidentified suspects at Civil Lines police station. They have collected the water sample from the tank which was sent to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) on Saturday. CCTV cameras will also be installed in the madrassa, informed Salma.

Dr Ehtisham Ahmad, Chief medical officer at Aligarh’s J N Medical College said that rat poison is dangerous for human beings only when it is mixed with anticoagulant ( a substance that prevents or reduces coagulation of blood). This poison in the water would have made the students sick, however, the effect also depends on the quantity of the rat poison added, said Dr Ahmad.

After the incident, students were not allowed to drink water from that tank. They were told to drink from other tanks in the premises.