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11 dead after consuming spurious liquor in U.P.’s Aligarh

Family members mourn after 11 people died due to consuming allegedly spurious liquor sold by a licensed vendor in Aligarh district, on Friday, May 28, 2021.  

Eleven people died on Friday and some more were taken ill after allegedly consuming spurious liquor sold by a licensed vendor here, a senior official said.

The authorities have ordered a magisterial probe into the incident and suspend five excise officials while four people, including the liquor vend owner, have been arrested.

The inquiry will be conducted by an Additional District Magistrate-rank officer, District Magistrate (DM) Chandra Bhushan Singh told mediapersons.

The administration was likely to invoke the stringent National Security Act (NSA) against those found guilty, he said.

Confirming the 11 deaths, the DM said information about other people who had consumed liquor bought from the same vendor was trickling in.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Dipak Kumar said the Lodha Police Station was informed in the morning about the death of two people after consuming country-made liquor bought from a vendor in Karsia.

The victims were truck drivers who had gathered at a gas depot on the Aligarh-Tapaal highway for work, he said.

However, when the police and senior district officials reached the spot, they were informed that six more people belonging to Karsia and adjoining villages had died, the DIG said, adding that the bodies had been sent for a post-mortem examination.

Some of those taken ill were rushed to the district hospital and from there shifted to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital at Aligarh Muslim University.

The liquor shop has been sealed and samples have been collected for testing. Four people, including the owner of the liquor vend at Andla, had been arrested, police said.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kalanidhi Naithani said six police teams were combing villages to trace victims and and help people get medical assistance.

“Among those arrested included an associate of the owner and two of his sales assistants. They are being interrogated,” the SSP said.

Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary (Excise) Sanjay Bhoosreddy said District Excise Officer Dheeraj Sharma; Excise Inspectors Rajesh Kumar Yadav and Chandraprakash Yadav; Head Constable Ashok Kumar; and Constable Ram Raj Rana had been suspended with immediate effect. Departmental action has also been initiated against them, he added.

According to locals, people had started falling sick on Thursday. Many others from neighbouring villages had also consumed the liquor, they added.

Family members of the victims were seen crying at Karsia and Andla villages.

Andla village head Om Dutt said that apart from those who died, a large number of people had taken ill after consuming spurious liquor since Thursday afternoon. He alleged that widespread reports suggested a spurious liquor racket.

Vice-president of the Youth Congress in U.P., Gorang Dev Chauhan, demanded that all liquor vends in the state be closed. Mr. Chauhan in a statement said it was ironical that while shops and other vital commercial establishments remain closed during the coronavirus lockdown, liquor vends had been exempted. He said the tragic incident has been caused by the “flawed priorities” of the State government and demanded a high-level probe into the “racket” of spurious liquor.


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