DATURA FASTUOSA 677 deaths have occasionally occurred from excessive quantities. A case6 is recorded, in which one Musammat Maiki of District Kheri administered to Musammat Chitana, her mother-in-law, datura poison in her food. When Musammat Chitana lost her senses after taking the food the accused (Musammat Maiki) killed her by throttling her neck with her foot. During the month of April 1951, the police of Ahmedabad detected several cases of robberies in which the victims were lured away from the railway station and riverside with offers of free tea and eatables mixed with datura seeds. The victims, who were usually strangers to the city, readily accepted such kind offers, and when they became unconscious after some time, they were relieved of their cash and valuables. Fig, 185.—Mxcrophotograph of Section o£ Capsicum Seed showing embryo. The seeds are sometimes given to children with a view to kidnapping them when they become unconscious or delirious. , * The seeds are given whole or more often crushed, mixed with rice, dal (pulse), sweets, chapatis or vegetables, and sometimes with tea, coffee or liquor. The seeds as well as the leaves are also mixed with tobacco or ganja and smoked in a chilum (pipe) for the same purpose, A decoction of the seeds is at times added to liquor or toddy with a view to enhancing its intoxicating property. Cases of suicidal poisoning by datura are rare. In his annual report for the year 1907, Rai Bahadur Chooni Lai Bose, Chemical Examiner of Bengal, mentions the case of a Hindu female, who committed suicide by taking datura seeds. In his annual report for the year 1928, the Chemical Examiner of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh reports a case from Jaunpur where a young man, 20 years old, committed suicide by taking datura and opium. Accidental cases of poisoning occur among children and even adults from eating raw datura fruits mistaking them as edible fniits or from eating 6, Leader, Sep. 13, 1930.