New Delhi: The death toll in the twin hooch tragedies reported from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand has reached over 90. Reportedly, 64 people died in Uttar Pradesh — 54 in Saharanpur district and 11 in Kushinagar. Police have arrested over 200 people in this connection.
Saharanpur District Magistrate Alok Kumar Pandey told IANS, “Of the 46 post-mortems conducted so far, 36 were confirmed to have died due to the consumption of spurious liquor.”
While Meerut Superintendent of Police (SP) Ranvijay Singh said 14 people undergoing treatment at the Meerut Medical College, was in serious condition. Police also said that 32 deaths were reported from Haridwar in Uttarakhand.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh government has warned of taking strict action against the culprits. “In past too such type of mischievous acts by SP leaders had come to fore. In Azamgarh, Hardoi Kanpur and Barabanki SP leaders were found to be involved in past hooch tragedies. We can’t deny conspiracy this time too,” UP CM Yogi Adityanath said on Saturday night.
The UP government has announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased and help of Rs 50,000 each for those undergoing treatment in hospitals.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav said, “Opposition has been notifying the government about such activities but they didn’t wake up as the government is also involved in it. Truth is that without government, such businesses can’t be carried out. The government should accept that they can’t run the state.”
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.