Punjab hooch tragedy: Amarinder guarantees strict motion, raises compensation to Rs 5 lakh

GS Paul
Tribune News Service
Tarn Taran, August 7

Terming Punjab’s hooch tragedy as nothing in need of ‘katal’ (mass homicide), Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday has assured the victims’ households, {that a} case could be registered in opposition to those that “knowingly took so many lives for making a quick buck.”

During his meet with the victims’ households at Taran Taran, the Chief Minister elevated the compensation from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh every.

He added that those that survived after consuming the toxic alcohol however misplaced their eye-sight would even be given the equal ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh.

Keeping the social distancing consider consideration, the sufferer’s households have been made to take a seat a distance.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, chief principal secretary Suresh Kumar and Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta, apart from MP Khadoor Sahib JS Dimpa and MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki.

However, a number of relations later resented, that they may share their standpoint earlier than the Chief Minister as a result of restriction of getting a detailed interplay.

Some of them have been included to appraise the Chief Minister immediately, about how this well-oiled low cost liquor commerce prospered in connivance with the police and administrative equipment.

The Chief Minister, throughout a short halt close to the media gallery, was questioned concerning the identify of a Congress MLA’s PA surfaced within the tragedy, however he whiled it away by saying, “how can one conclude on something before the investigation. We will depute special prosecutors on job to ensure a time-bound fast-track of this tragedy and exemplary punishment to the accused, who so ever they maybe”.

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Besides the 2 particular investigation groups, the magisterial probe is with Jalandhar division Commissioner, Raj Kamal Choudhry, assembly with involved officers.

He had additionally noticed that such a “sorrow upheaval” was unparalleled in Punjab, which had occurred attributable to “incompetency and lapses” in monitoring by the police and excise departments—who have been immediately related to the topic.

The loss of life toll stood at 121 in Majha area whereas 92 reported from Taran Taran, adopted by 41 in Amritsar and 15 in Batala.

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Sunil Jakhar additionally confused that those that have been nabbed have been simply ‘bichhu’ (scorpions) whereas the ‘magarmuchh’ (crocodiles) have been nonetheless having fun with immunity.

“Those who shelter them must be taken to task and those who were negligent in performing their duties must also be liable to face stern action because it was not ‘normal’ negligence but ‘criminal’ negligence”, he mentioned.

Nonetheless, doling out incentives for the victims’ households, CM has assured jobs for subsequent of kin in line with the age and qualification, homes for these dwelling in kutcha homes, apart from placing all of them underneath authorities’s common well being and pension schemes. He added that the case would at the very least be registered underneath part 302.

SAD employees prevented to satisfy Punjab Chief Minister:

While Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh was scheduled to satisfy the relations of Hooch tragedy victims at Guru Arjan Dev Stadium, the SAD employees led by SAD’s senior leaders, Virsa Singh Valtoha and Harminder Singh Sandhu, confronted police’s wrath as they tried to method the venue.

They have been held up half a km away from the venue.

Virsa Singh Valtoha claimed that they wished to satisfy the CM, demanding to take motion in opposition to a Congress MLA and his PA whose names have been allegedly being pinpointed by the victims’ households, repeatedly, for prospering spurious liquor commerce in Pandori Gola space, falling underneath his constituency.

“We have been cane charged by the police, 4 of our employees injured”, mentioned Valtoha.

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