Hooch tragedy: Spurious liquor claims 30 lives in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand

Yogi Adityanath Orders Drive Against People Involved In Illicit Liquor Trade

Hooch tragedy: Spurious liquor claims 30 lives in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand

"So far 14 people have died because of spurious liquor and many others have been hospitalised", Nikita Khandelwal, joint Magistrate Rorkee in Haridwar said.

Saharanpur District Magistrate Alok Kumar Pandey told reporters on Friday that people from Umahi, Sarbatpur, Mali and Salempur villages of Nangal and Gagalheri area of Saharanpur district had gone to Balupur village of neighbouring Hardwar district in Uttarakhand to attend the "Terahvi" (a ritual after death) of someone.

At least 46 others, who had come home to the adjoining Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh after drinking the spurious liquor in Balupur on Thursday night, are also dead.

"We have directed health officials to provide all possible assistance to the people that have been admitted in hospital because of the tragedy".

"About 38-40 persons were still in hospital and undergoing treatment but they are said to be out of danger", Rautela added.

There is no official confirmation on the number of people who died due to the consumption of illicit liquor.

The victims had consumed the liquor at the "tehravin" - the 13th day of mourning - to mark a death, officials had said. In at least the Saharanpur and the Haridwar district deaths, the hooch is suspected to be from the same source, possibly made in villages that fall near the Uttarakhand-UP border.

Earlier, eight people were killed due to illicit liquor in Kushinagar district.

In the adjoining Haridwar district, the death toll had risen to 28, from 12 on Friday, broadcaster NDTV reported.

"Nine people have been suspended in connection with the case and investigation is on".

The viscera examination on 11 more bodies is yet to be conducted to find out if these too were alcohol-related deaths. He has also announced a compensation of Rs two lakh each to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the victims undergoing treatment in the hospital.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered departmental action against district excise officers of Kushinagar and Saharanpur, the state government said.

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