Two blinded after drinking toxic liquor; probe ordered

10 died in Bulandshahr, 11 in Ghaziabad

Shop sealed; SHO suspended

Bulandshahr/Ghaziabad: At least 21 people, including a woman, died and over a dozen hospitalised after consuming spurious liquor in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr and Ghaziabad districts, the police said on Wednesday

Eleven hooch deaths occurred in Mirpur Khawjpur village in Bulandshahr and 10 at Simbhawali in Ghaziabad, they said adding the victims had consumed the illicit brew in the past two days.

Two of them were blinded after drinking the toxic liquor, hospital sources said.

A DIG-level probe has been ordered into the deaths in Bulandshahar while the SHO, in whose jurisdiction the tragedy happened in Ghaziabad, has been suspended.

All the 11, including a woman, killed in Bulandshahr were labourers. Seven of them were found dead in morning and the remaining succumbed in hospital, the police said.

The shop from where the victims bought the hooch had been sealed and its owner taken into custody.

In Lucknow, Home Department sources said an inquiry had been ordered into the Hooch tragedy in Bulandshahr.

In Ghaziabad, ten people died and some 15 hospitalised after drinking the illicit brew in four villages in the Simbhawali area in Garh Mukteshwar sub-district, the police said.

District Magistrate R Ramesh Kumar said SHO Om Prakash had been suspended in connection with the deaths.

This was the second hooch tragedy in the district in the past five days.

Six people died after consuming tainted liquor in a village in Garh Mukteshwar last Saturday. PTI