Artificial liquor consuming death toll increase in UP as 82 people, 14 officials suspended

Feb 09 2019 02:47 PM
Artificial liquor consuming death toll increase in UP as 82 people, 14 officials suspended

Lucknow: After consuming spurious liquor, two more people in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh yielded at a local hospital. As per the latest reports, a total of 82 people have fallen victim to this incident with over 40 being treated at a local hospital in Saharanpur for the same. The deaths have been reported from Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh and from neighbouring Haridwar district in Uttarakhand.

As per report, a preliminary police investigation had revealed that people from three to four villages on the border of Haridwar and Saharanpur got together earlier this week for a 'terahvi', which is the thirteenth day in the mourning cycle that follows the death of an individual as per Hindu culture. Director General (DG, law and order), Ashok Kumar had told media outlets yesterday that those affected consumed spurious liquor right after this ceremony. A report by Aaj Tak asserts that "18 of these deaths have been reported from Meerut, 36 from Saharanpur, 20 from Roorkee and 8 from Kushinagar". Out of these, post-mortems have been conducted for 46 of the deceased individuals. As 36 of them have died due to the consumption of spurious liquor as per the post-mortem reports, said a senior official.

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Yesterday, Reports of the deaths began to emerge after those who consumed the spurious liquor returned to their villages. Since the maximum number of deaths has been reported from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, the state government and police have swung into action leading to the suspension of a district excise officer, two excise inspectors, two excise constables along with three police sub-inspectors and six constables.

However, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Dinesh Kumar told that three teams of police personnel have been formed to probe the matter. He added that those responsible will not be spared and that local law enforcement is making all possible efforts to raise awareness in this regard. Latest developments indicate that the post-mortem of 11 people has been conducted as of yet. While 68 people have died in Uttar Pradesh, another 14 have been reported dead from neighbouring Haridwar district in Uttarakhand until now.

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