Probing into the recent Cuttack-Khurda liquor tragedy, retired judge of Orissa High Court Justice A.S. Naidu on Sunday visited Tukulipada village under the Cuttack Sadar police station where at least 35 persons died after consuming spurious liquor.
Accompanied by Cuttack Collector Girish S.N. and city DCP S. Praveen Kumar, Justice Naidu went around the villages and saw the places from where spurious formulations were recovered by the excise officials.
Cuttack district Excise Superintendent Pradeepta Ranjan Patnaik was also present in the village when the panel visited the village.
The team also went to a private hospital located on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar where at least two more liquor victims are currently undergoing treatment.
Two liquor victims had earlier died in the hospital while the owner of the liquor joint Baidhar Bhoi was brought dead to the hospital on February 7.
It may be recalled here that the State government ordered a judicial probe into the liquor tragedy and appointed Justice Naidu as the chairman of the one-man commission.
Asking the commission to look into the sequence of preparation and sale of the spurious liquor, the State government hopes the panel will submit its report within three months.
Justice Naidu on Saturday visited the SCB Medical College and Hospital where over 80 liquor tragedy victims were successfully treated over the past fortnight and 32 others died during treatment.
Talks with doctors
The panel also held discussions with the treating doctors and the hospital superintendent after going through the documents pertaining to the treatment of the victims and post-mortem report of the deceased.
District Collector Girish, DCP Praveen Kumar accompany the probe panel chairman