With the death of four more people after consuming spurious liquor, the toll in the hooch tragedy in Madhya Pradesh's Morena district has gone up to 24, a senior police official said on Thursday.
In addition, 15 people are currently under treatment in different government hospitals in Morena and Gwalior, Deputy Inspector General, ChambalRange, Rajesh Hingankar told.
A three-member team headed by Additional Chief Secretary Rajesh Rajora reached Manpur village on Thursday to conduct a probe into the incident. The state government has removed the entire staff of Bagchini police station on charges of negligence in duty, an official said. Morena's Sub-Divisional Officer of Police Sujit Bhadira has also been suspended by the government, he said.
The government on Wednesday transferred Morena's collector and superintendent of police. B Karthikeyan has now been appointed as the new collector of Morena and Sunil Kumar Pande will be the district's new SP, the official said.
Police have registered a case against seven people in connection with the incident on the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and under the Excise Act, and declared a reward of Rs 10,000 each for their arrest, an official earlier said.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday termed the incident as ''painful'' and said a campaign should be launched against illegal liquor sale in the state.