New Delhi: The death toll in the Assam hooch tragedy reached to 25 people including 15 women. The incident took place in Golaghat district of Assam. Reportedly, the hooch was consumed by people in the Salmora Tea Estate on Thursday night.
Joint Director of Health, Rathin Bordoloi, told to IANS, “The death toll so far is 25, which includes 15 women and 10 men. While 18 people died at the Golaghat Civil Hospital, the rest breathed their last at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital.”
“A total of 55 people have been referred to the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital for treatment. Seven of them have died while 48 others were still undergoing treatment,” said the doctors.
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.
Assam state excise department PRO, Sailen Pandey, said, “Excise minister Parimal Suklabaidya has asked a 4-member team to rush to the area & initiate an inquiry. Minister asked the probe committee to submit its report within 3 days.”
Earlier it was reported that 17 people had died in the incident. Police have launched an investigation in the incident.
In a similar incident, around 100 died in a hooch tragedy in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. According to the report, there was a fair in the village on the occasion of Mauni Amavasya on Friday and a lot of people had consumed the spurious liquor after which they fall ill. Meanwhile, in Uttarakhand, the consumption of illicit liquor was made by the people in Haridwar during a funeral procession.