Four persons died and seven others were hospitalised after consuming spurious liquor at a village in Garh Mukteshwar near here, police said on Saturday.

District Magistrate R Ramesh Kumar, who visited Kannaur village, said the four died after consuming the hooch on Friday.

Ahead of Holi, Ajay Kumar (35) and Jitender(32) allegedly brought adulterated liquor for sale in the village. The duo also consumed it before selling it to others. After a few hours, their condition started to deteriorate and four persons, including Ajay and Jitender, died, police said.

Seven persons have been hospitalised in Meerut, Ghaziabad and Garh Mukteshwar, they added.

Later, police raided the village and seized over 100 litres of spurious liquor.

Meanwhile, police post in-charge of the area M.K. Sharma and constable Satish Kumar have been suspended in this connection, officials said.

A case against unidentified manufacturer of the spurious liquor has been registered and sample of the seized product sent for testing.

The DM has appealed to the people of the village and nearby areas not to consume hooch.