Death toll in Punjab hooch tragedy rises to 62; two extra arrested

Chandigarh, August 1

The dying toll within the hooch tragedy in Punjab rose to 62 on Saturday, as two extra folks had been arrested in Amritsar for his or her alleged involvement in promoting spurious liquor, a police official mentioned.

The deaths came about in Tarn Taran, Batala and Amritsar districts of the state since Wednesday. 

“Two more people were arrested on Saturday morning in connection with the incident,” Inspector General of Police SPS Parmar informed PTI over telephone.

“Raids are still going on,” he mentioned.

Five folks had been detained in Tarn Taran for questioning, the officer mentioned.

Meanwhile, officers mentioned 62 folks had to this point died within the incident. 

They mentioned yet one more particular person died in Amritsar on Friday evening.

Nineteen folks died in Tarn Taran, 11 in Amritsar and 9 in Batala after consuming liquor that appeared to have been distilled in Amritsar’s Muchhal village, officers mentioned on Saturday. 

They, nevertheless, feared that the dying toll might rise.

On Friday, eight bootleggers had been arrested in over 40 raids carried out throughout the three districts. A considerable amount of spurious liquor, drums and storage cans had been recovered from the accused and have been despatched for chemical evaluation.

According to officers, a few of the households of the deceased refused to document their statements, whereas some held protests at Muchhal village, in search of compensation from the federal government.

The members of the family of deceased Kirpal Singh saved his physique on the protest website and demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh whereas in search of strict motion towards the liquor mafia.

Many additionally threatened that they might block the Amritsar-Delhi National Highway if their calls for weren’t met. 

Khadoor Sahib MP Jasbir Singh Dimpa, Jandiala MLA Sukhwinder Singh Danny and Senior Superintendent of Police Dhruv Dhaiya reached the spot to pacify the protesters.

Dimpa introduced Rs 1 lakh compensation every to the households of the deceased. The members of the family, nevertheless, demanded larger compensation.

The Punjab authorities has ordered a magisterial inquiry by Divisional Commissioner Jalandhar into the incident. Joint Excise and Taxation Commissioner Punjab and SPs (Investigation) of the districts involved may also be part of the workforce.

Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal has demanded a judicial probe into the incident, whereas the Aam Aadmi Party mentioned CM Amarinder Singh ought to resign over one of many largest hooch tragedies within the state. PTI

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