Over 80 killed by bootleg alcohol in Indian state

02 Août, 2020, 07:23 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Over 80 killed by bootleg alcohol in Indian state

More arrests are likely, he said, adding that raids were continuing and the police teams would continue to crack down on all those involved in the case to unravel the extent of the spurious liquor mafia operating in the region.

The Chief Minister also ordered the suspension of, and inquiry against, seven Excise and Taxation Officers and Inspectors, along with two Deputy Superintendents of Police and four Station House Officer of Punjab Police in connection with the hooch tragedy.

Press Trust of India news agency and other media said Saturday the illicit booze had claimed 53 lives in neighbouring Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts. Initially, 21 deaths were reported.

According to the Excise Commissioner, though reports of the chemical analysis of the material seized in Friday's raids were yet to come, a superficial check showed that the material was denatured spirit, generally used in the paint and hardware industries. Twelve people have died in Amritsar and 11 deaths have been reported from Batala. Satnam Singh and Dilbag Singh have been shifted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar.

A state government statement said the deaths were due to "spurious" liquor and a crackdown on illegal alcohol manufacturing in the state was ordered.

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The Chief Minister has given Commissioner Jalandhar Division the liberty to co-opt any civil/police officer or an expert to facilitate the expeditious conduct of the enquiry.

Meanwhile, police have arrested Balwinder Kaur, a resident of Muchhal village, under Section 304 of the IPC (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and under provisions of the Excise Act, the DGP said. He has promised strict action against anyone found complicit in the case.

The post-mortem of four people - Jaswinder Singh, Kashmir Singh, Kirpal Singh and Jaswant Singh - will be conducted on Friday to ascertain the exact cause of their death, the statement said.

Tarn Taran DC Kulwant Singh said some families had even cremated the bodies without informing police.

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