New Delhi: A court in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas awarded life imprisonment to four men for their involvement in a hooch tragedy that left around 170 people dead in 2011. The four convicts are identified as Noor Islam Fakir aka Khora Badshah, Dukhey Lashkar, Khairul Lashkar, and Nazrul Lashkar.

Additional district and sessions judge Partha Sarathi Chakraborty also slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on each of them. If they fail to pay the fine, the convict would have to undergo an additional imprisonment for six months.

The court on Thursday had found Noor Islam Fakir alias Khora Badshah, the prime accused, and three others — Dukhi Laskar, Khairul Laskar, and Nazmul alias Kola Laskar — guilty in the case.

Reportedly, special public prosecutor, Shantanu Dutta, said that he was happy with the verdict as they had prayed for maximum punishment.  The court had acquitted six others for lack of evidence.

In the worst hooch tragedy in the state, 172 people died in December 2011 at Sangrampur in South 24 Parganas district after consuming toxic liquor. A total of 56 witnesses had been examined in the case and the charge sheet was submitted in February 2012.

After the quantum of punishment was pronounced, prime accused Khora Badshah expressed no emotion, but the other three broke down.  They later told reporters that they would move the high court.

(With PTI inputs)