At least 30 Buddhist monks and 16 individuals were hospitalised due to food poisoning at a Piriven in Periyakulam, Kekirawa today, police said.
Police said they had fallen ill after having their lunch meal and admitted to the Maradankadawala Hospital for treatment.
However, they were later transferred to the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital for further treatment.
Kekirawa Police is conducting further investigations. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)