Five people, including two children, died and 12 others fell sick yesterday after reportedly eating puffer fish in Jaintiapur upazila of Sylhet.
The dead -- Abdur Rahim, 65, his son Suleman Miah, 26, Lokman Miah, 20, Rahim Ahmed, 10, and Moni Ahmed, 7, -- were from Darbast Uttar Mile village.
The victims fell sick after having puffer fish (locally known as patka fish) bought from a local market on Monday evening, Joynal Abedin, Jaintiapur upazila chairman, told The Daily Star.
Later, they were taken to the MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital where five of them died yesterday morning, he said.
Law enforcers were investigating the incident, said Shafiul Kabir, officer-in-charge of Jaintiapur Police Station.