21 die after consuming spurious liquor in Punjab; CM orders magisterial probe

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 31

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered a magisterial inquiry by Divisional Commissioner Jalandhar into the suspicious deaths of 21 individuals allegedly resulting from consumption of spurious liquor in Amritsar, Batala and Tarn Taran.

On Friday, 5 extra individuals died in Batala, taking the toll within the metropolis to seven, whereas one particular person has been referred to Civil Hospital, Batala, in vital situation.

However, the inquiry appears to be like into the information and circumstances resulting in incidents, in addition to into another points linked or related to the incidents and the circumstances resulting in it.

It can be carried out by Divisional Commissioner Jalandhar, together with Joint Excise & Taxation Commissioner Punjab, and SPs Investigation of the involved districts, in accordance with an official spokesperson.

The Chief Minister has given Commissioner Jalandhar Division the freedom to co-opt any civil and police officer or any knowledgeable to facilitate the expeditious conduct of the inquiry.

He has promised strict motion towards anybody discovered complicit within the case, through which a lady has up to now been arrested.

Taking speedy and critical notice of the case, Captain Amarinder additionally directed the police to launch a search operation to crack down on any spurious liquor manufacturing items that could be working within the state.

Police have arrested Balwinder Kaur, resident of Muchhal, underneath the part 304 Indian Penal Code, 61/1/14 Excise Act at PS Tarsikka. Further investigations are in progress underneath the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by SSP Amritsar-Rural, from the place the primary circumstances have been reported.

The autopsy of 4 individuals—Jaswinder Singh, Kashmir Singh, Kirpal Singh and Jaswant Singh—can be carried out on Friday to establish the precise reason for the deaths.

Giving particulars of the case, DGP Punjab Dinkar Gupta stated the primary 5 deaths have been reported from villages Mucchal and Tangra in PS Tarsikka in Amritsar Rural on the evening of June 29.

On the night of July 30, two extra individuals died in suspicious circumstances in Muchhal, whereas one particular person was hospitalised in vital situation and later succumbed at Sri Guru Ramdas Hospital, from the place he was referred by Dr. Sarabjit Kaur Hospital, Tangra.

Later, two extra deaths have been from reported from village Mucchal, whereas one other two individuals reportedly died in Batala metropolis, additionally resulting from spurious liquor consumption.

Four extra equally suspicious deaths have additionally been reported from Tarn Taran.

The deceased have been recognized as Mangal Singh, Balwinder Singh, Dalbir Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Kashmir Singh, Kaka Singh, Kirpal Singh, Jaswant Singh and Joga Singh all resident of village Muchhal, PS. Tarsikka, Amritsar Rural, Baldev Singh, resident of Tangra, PS.

Tarsikka, Amritsar-R. Other deceased are Buta Ram, Bhinda, Riku Singh, Kala, Kalu, Billa and Jatinder, all residents of City Batala.

Those who’ve died in Tarn Taran have been recognized as Sahib Singh, Harban Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Dharam Singh.

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