Punjab liquor toll 112, post-mortem delay angers households

PK Jaiswar & Gurbaxpuri
Tribune News Service

Amritsar/Tarn Taran, Aug 2

With 25 extra deaths in Tarn Taran and one in Amritsar, the toll within the spurious liquor tragedy climbed to 112 right this moment.

On the fourth day for the reason that Thursday tragedy, the variety of useless rose to 88 within the border district of Tarn Taran, whereas six individuals have been present process remedy on the Civil Hospital. Two others had been referred to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital (GNDH), Amritsar.

Similarly, one individual from Madepur colony in Amritsar’s Muchhal village, present process remedy on the GNDH, misplaced his life. His brother, having already misplaced eyesight, was battling for all times on the hospital. One individual was referred from Batala and his situation was additionally said to be crucial. The unprecedented variety of deaths has not solely left households shattered but additionally extended their look ahead to our bodies resulting from a delay in autopsy. Doctors are working additional time to finish the autopsies.

Balkar Singh of Muchhal village mentioned Joga Singh, who died on Friday, was cremated right this moment because the household needed to wait for 2 days to get the post-mortem performed. “Due to non-availability of doctors at Baba Bakala Civil Hospital, the post-mortem could be conducted today only,” he mentioned.

Similarly, Sajan Singh of Kadgill village, who had been doing rounds of the Tarn Taran Civil Hospital for the previous three days, lastly acquired his father Harjinder Singh’s physique after the autopsy was performed right this moment.

Lakhwinder Singh, a relative of Kaka Kandiala’s Satnam Singh (35) who died yesterday, mentioned they have been nonetheless awaiting the autopsy.

Dr Rohit Mehta, Senior Medical Officer, Tarn Taran Civil Hospital, mentioned they might at the moment conduct simultaneous autopsies on two our bodies. “Our teams are working overtime to complete the autopsies. The sheer number of deaths has overwhelmed the facility,” he mentioned. “Yesterday, our teams worked till 8 pm and conducted post-mortem on 13 bodies. We have already conducted 10 autopsies today,” mentioned Dr Mehta, including the docs have been nonetheless at work.

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