Spurious liquor kills 45 in Punjab


PK Jaiswar, Ravi Dhaliwal & Gurbaxpuri

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 31

Spurious liquor has claimed 45 lives in Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Batala (Gurdaspur district) prior to now two days. The Punjab Government has ordered a magisterial probe. Angry villagers on Friday held a protest towards the police division for “failing” to curb bootlegging within the space regardless of the current drive towards liquor smuggling.

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Tarn Taran reported 24 casualties, Batala 10 and Amritsar seven. Four died in Muchhal village late Thursday night. Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta stated the primary 5 fatalities have been reported from Muchhal and Tangra villages in Amritsar’s Tarsikka tehsil on July 29 night time.

The Amritsar police have arrested a girl bootlegger, recognized as Balwinder Kaur of Muchhal village. Her husband Jaswant Singh is without doubt one of the victims. She has been charged underneath Section 304 of the IPC (culpable murder not amounting to homicide) and underneath the Excise Act.

Local residents claimed that she had been within the unlawful commerce for the previous twenty years.“The liquor was apparently prepared with methanol,” stated an officer of the Amritsar (Rural) police. He refused to offer any extra info. Activists of the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Naujwan Sabha and residents of Muchhal village held an indication, accusing the police of turning a blind eye to the menace and blaming

the it for the tragedy.

The Batala police too launched a seek for a middle-aged lady referred to as “Faujan”, who is claimed to have provided spurious liquor to 10 individuals. “Faujan has been on the police radar for quite some time now,” stated an officer.

Gurdaspur DC Mohammad Ishfaq rushed a crew of senior officers, together with ADC (General) Tejinder Pal Singh Sandhu and AETC Rajwinder Kaur Bajwa, to the affected areas. “I have asked them to look into the sequence of events,” he stated. The Tarn Taran police have been tight-lipped. Superintendent of Police (D) JS Walia stated: “Action will be taken on the statements of the victims’ family members.” Among the victims are: Mangal Singh, Balwinder Singh, Dalbir Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Kashmir Singh, Kaka Singh, Kirpal Singh, Jaswant Singh and Joga Singh of Muchhal village; Baldev Singh of Tangra village; Buta Ram, Bhinda, Riku Singh, Kala, Kalu, Billa and Jatinder of Batala; and Sahib Singh, Harbans Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Dharam Singh of Tarn Taran.



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