U.P. hooch tragedy: Death toll rises to 15, main accused arrested

The Barabanki hooch tragedy, in which many died after consuming spurious liquor, was reported from the Raniganj area under the Ramnagar police station of the district

Updated - May 29, 2019 07:16 pm IST

Published - May 29, 2019 07:11 pm IST - Barabanki (U.P.)

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The death toll in the Barabanki hooch tragedy in Uttar Pradesh rose to 15 on May 29, even as the main accused who ran the licensed liquor shop was arrested, officials said.

The latest death was reported from the trauma centre of King George Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow, they said.

The incident had prompted the Yogi Adityanath government to order a high-level probe into all the angles, including the possibility of a “political conspiracy”.

KGMU trauma centre in-charge Sandeep Tiwari told PTI in Lucknow, “Late on Tuesday night, one patient Maniram [50] died.”

So far, 47 patients have been brought to the trauma centre and three of them, including Maniram, have died.

Officials said 44 others were undergoing treatment, of whom 10 were admitted in the ICU and their conditions were stated to be serious.

Meanwhile, Pappu Jaiswal, the main accused in the case was arrested near Bhind Amrai village on May 29 morning, police said.

Superintendent of Police Ajay Sahini said Jaiswal was held following an encounter, while efforts are on to arrest the other accused Danvir Singh.

Jaiswal received injuries in his leg during the encounter and has been referred to the Lucknow Trauma Centre, the SP said.

Both Jaiswal and Singh are carrying a reward of ₹20,000 each on their heads.

Three others working in the shop which sold the liquor were arrested on May 28 night, the SP said.

During raids at the shop’s godown, illicit liquor was seized.

The police said while the shop was allotted to Danvir Singh, Jaiswal was running it for him.

Locals belonging to Raniganj and adjoining villages consumed the liquor purchased from a licensed shop in Ramnagar area on May 27 night and were rushed to the Ramnagar Community Health Centre (CHC).

A magisterial inquiry has also been ordered into the incident following which authorities suspended 10 excise and two police officials on charges of dereliction of duty.

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