Death toll in Punjab spurious liquor tragedy rises to 98

Chandigarh, August 2

The loss of life toll within the Punjab hooch tragedy rose to 98 on Sunday with 12 extra individuals reported lifeless in Tarn Taran district after consuming spurious liquor.

“In Tarn Taran, the death toll is now 75,” Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh mentioned over the cellphone. 

He, nevertheless, mentioned the administration put the determine at 75 on the premise of the data “received from the field” because the victims’ final rites have already been carried out by their households prior to now a few days. 

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Some of them even didn’t come ahead for post-mortem, he mentioned. 

Apart from Tarn Taran, 12 deaths have been reported from Amritsar and 11 from Gurdaspur’s Batala, in a tragedy unfolding since Wednesday night.

Officials mentioned a few of the households weren’t even coming ahead to report the loss of life of their kin after consuming spurious liquor.

A senior police official mentioned they’ve been persuading them to report the loss of life of their members of the family.

Meanwhile, the Opposition AAP held protests at a number of locations, together with Patiala, Barnala, Pathankot and Moga, in opposition to the Punjab authorities.

The protesters accused the federal government of “negligence”, resulting in loss of life of individuals, largely belonging to poor households.

Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann additionally went to Tarn Taran and met households of the deceased.

Mann sought a probe by a sitting decide into the matter.

The Punjab authorities has ordered a magisterial probe into the case.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday had introduced the suspension of seven excise and 6 police officers. 

He had described the police and excise division failure to test the manufacturing and sale of spurious liquor as “shameful”.

The state authorities has introduced Rs 2 lakh ex gratia for every of the households of the deceased. — PTI

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