Guwahati: The death toll in the Assam hooch tragedy mounted to 80 on Saturday, including at least seven women, after 25 were reported dead a day earlier. Several others are admitted in hospitals and are believed to be in critical condition.
The incident took place in Golaghat district of Assam, where reportedly, hooch was consumed by people in the Salmora Tea Estate on Thursday night.
According to a News 18 report, police have arrested the owners of the illegal country-made liquor factory in the Jugibaari area near the Salmara tea estate. The accused have been identified as Indukalpa Bordoloi and Deba Bora.
Reportedly, a glass of this illicit liquor is sold for Rs 10-20.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal condemned the incident and sent a team to the district to take stock of the situation. State Excise Minister Parimal Shuklabaidya has ordered a probe into the matter.
Meanwhile, a local resident, Prabin Das, who heads a committee that is demanding prohibition of liquor was allegedly attacked by BJP activists in Golaghat- after it surfaced that he blamed the state excise department for its failure to check manufacturing of spurious liquor.
The News 18 report read, “It all happens because of a nexus between the excise department and illicit liquor manufacturers,” Das said.
On the other hand, opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president has demanded adequate compensation for the families of the victims.