Spurious liquor tragedy toll rises to 86 in Punjab

PK Jaiswar & Gurbaxpuri

Tribune News Service

Amritsar/Tarn Taran, Aug 1

The loss of life toll owing to consumption of spurious liquor in Punjab’s Majha space has risen to 86 with 41 extra deaths in Tarn Taran at this time. As many as 12 individuals have died in Amritsar Rural and 11 in Batala, Gurdaspur. The Punjab Government has introduced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the subsequent of kin of the deceased and free therapy for these hospitalised.

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Bodies continued to reach on the Tarn Taran Civil Hospital hospital until late Friday night. Among these admitted had been Jaspal Singh (35) of Malia village, Harinder Singh (63) of Bachre village, Satnam Singh (42) of Kakka Kandila, Dilbagh Singh of Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar and Lakhwinder Singh (53) of Kang village. Satnam Singh and Dilbag Singh have been shifted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar. In the absence of satisfactory preparations, the our bodies had been saved on the ground after post-mortem, triggering an indignant protest by the relations, activists of the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha and native Akali leaders. The Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, representing 17 farm and labour organisations, ended the protest after lengthy parleys with Khadoor Sahib MP Jasbir Singh Dimpa. The latter instructed the protesters that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had agreed to a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the households of the deceased.

He additionally stated instructions had been issued to the Punjab Police to go after those that had saved, transported and provided the spurious liquor to bootleggers. Meanwhile, the Amritsar (Rural) police have booked Dehati Mazdoor Sabha’s common secretary Gurnam Singh Daood and 50 others for holding a protest in violation of the Epidemic Diseases Act, Disaster Management Act and the lockdown curbs.

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