Kolkata: At least seven people have succumbed and 16 others have been hospitalised after consuming adulterated liquor in West Bengal’s Shantipur area on Wednesday.

State Finance Minister Amit Mitra confirmed the same. Mitra said that details on whether the people consuming the spurious alcohol will be confirmed after a chemical examination has been carried out for the same.

Apart from ordering a CID inquiry, the state government also suspended at least 11 excise officials including the officer-in-charge at Shantipur, his immediate predecessor, the deputy excise collector of Ranaghat range and eight excise constables.

Mitra added, “The government wants to send a strong message that no one who is responsible for the incident will be spared.” He also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of the dead in the incident. CID investigations would also reveal whether spurious liquor is being smuggled into rural Bengal from Bihar and Jharkhand, Mitra said.

Earlier this year, a man lost his eyesight after consuming spurious liquor at Bidoli village in Uttar Pradesh. The incident was reported a day after another man was hospitalised with a similar complaint, police said.