Spurious liquor: 5 extra die in Batala; Amarinder orders magisterial inquiry

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 folks, allegedly as a consequence of consumption of spurious liquor, in Amritsar, Batala and Tarn Taran.

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

However, the inquiry seems into the details and circumstances resulting in incidents, in addition to into some other points linked or related to the incidents and the circumstances resulting in it.

It will probably be performed by Divisional Commissioner Jalandhar, together with Joint Excise & Taxation Commissioner Punjab, and SPs Investigation of the involved districts, based on an official spokesperson.

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

He has promised strict motion in opposition to anybody discovered complicit within the case, by which a lady has to date been arrested.

Taking rapid 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 which may 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 instances have been reported.

The autopsy of 4 folks—Jaswinder Singh, Kashmir Singh, Kirpal Singh and Jaswant Singh—will probably be performed on Friday to determine the precise reason for the deaths.

Giving particulars of the case, DGP Punjab Dinkar Gupta mentioned 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 individual 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 folks reportedly died in Batala metropolis, additionally as a consequence of 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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