Hooch tragedy: Death toll climbs to 70 after deaths in Haridwar, Saharanpur

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 9, 2019

Ashok Kumar, director general (law and order), Uttarakhand, said: "Villagers from Haridwar and Saharanpur district had gathered at Baalupur village of Bhagwanpur to attend a "terahvi" ceremony (13th day ritual after a person's death) and consumed country-made liquor that led to the tragedy".

The viscera examination on 11 more bodies is yet to be conducted to find out if these too were alcohol-related deaths.

At least 16 people died on Friday after drinking spurious liquor in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur and Kushinagar districts.

Taking strong note of some recent hooch deaths in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Friday ordered a 15 day joint drive by excise and police officials against those involved in the spurious liquor trade. The reports said that several who had consumed the spurious alcohol was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Pandey said 10 policemen and four excise officials were suspended following the deaths in Saharanpur.

Around two dozen people have lost their lives in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the last 24 hours after reportedly consuming illicit alcohol, reports said. Uttar Pradesh police, however, added that a Saharanpur district resident may have brought 30 pouches of the same liquor from Uttarakhand for sale back home. The report said that 13 excise officials have been suspended in connection with the matter.

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UP goverment also announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh to kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those undergoing treatment.

Many of the Saharanpur victims were not immediately admitted to hospital as the area was hit by rain and a hailstorm, he said.

Ramvriksha, 32, Bedupar village under Tarya Sujan police station died on Wednesday around 12.30 in the night and Ramnath, 45, of the same village died Thursday morning.?

Authorites fear the toll will rise as deaths linked to illicit liquor have been reported in other regions.

Earlier, eight people were killed due to illicit liquor in Kushinagar district. Four excise officials were suspended in Kushinagar as well.

The governments in both the states have taken cognizance of the deaths due to spurious liquor.

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