Toll in hooch tragedy crosses 80; over 200 arrested in Uttar Pradesh after crack down on sale, distribution of illicit liquor

After poisoning from illicit liquor led to over 80 deaths in Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring Uttarakhand, authorities launched a crackdown on the sale and distribution of spurious alcohol and took action against excise and police officials.

FP Staff February 10, 2019 15:31:41 IST
Toll in hooch tragedy crosses 80; over 200 arrested in Uttar Pradesh after crack down on sale, distribution of illicit liquor
  • As many as 297 cases have been registered over the hooch tragedy

  • More than 30 officials from administration and police force have been suspended in Saharanpur and Haridwar

  • A combination of urea, battery liquid, caustic soda and sedatives mixed with the alcoholic brew made liquor poisonous

Action was taken against seven excise and seven police officials in Uttar Pradesh — some even facing suspension — after poisoning from spurious  liquor lead to over 70 deaths in the Yogi Adityanath-led state and neigbouring Uttarakhand, Hindustan Times reported. More than 30 officials from the administration and police force have been suspended in Saharanpur and Haridwar, according to The Wire.

There are conflicting reports on the number of people who have died since consuming the spurious liquor on Thursday while in Haridwar for a mourning ritual. The figure, according to reports, stands between 70 and 100. Many had even carried some of the alcohol back to their villages in Uttar Pradesh. On Friday, those who consumed the liquor began to vomit profusely and were rushed to hospitals by their families.

Toll in hooch tragedy crosses 80 over 200 arrested in Uttar Pradesh after crack down on sale distribution of illicit liquor

Victims undergo treatment in Saharanpur. PTI

A combination of urea, battery liquid, caustic soda and sedatives mixed with the alcoholic brew made the liquor poisonous, according to The Times of India. Reports suggest that doctors had found methanol in the viscera report of the victims.

After the hooch tragedy unfolded in Saharanpur and Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand's Haridwar, the Uttar Pradesh government started a 15-day campaign on Friday to crack down on the sale of illicit liquor and its distribution in the state. As a result of this drive over the weekend, authorities have filed cases against 297 people in Uttar Pradesh and 49 in Uttarakhand, and 215 people have been arrested in Uttar Pradesh, according to the Hindustan Times.

Teams of the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand police are carrying out joint operations to crack down on manufacturers. Anand Kumar, Uttar Pradesh additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), said they believe the spurious liquor had been trafficked from Bihar.

About 250 litres of raw liquor and 60 litres of English liquor — all stolen — have been recovered, India Today reported. This was also a result of the action taken by the Yogi Adityanath government, which has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those undergoing treatment at hospitals.

Updated Date:

also read

Thirteen labourers injured in accident at power plant in Uttar Pradesh's Sonbhadra
India

Thirteen labourers injured in accident at power plant in Uttar Pradesh's Sonbhadra

While eight of the injured were discharged after treatment, five others are in a serious condition and have been admitted to a government hospital, officials said

Tika utsav is fine but poll rallies, Kumbh Mela without social distancing and masks big threat to India's war on COVID-19
Politics

Tika utsav is fine but poll rallies, Kumbh Mela without social distancing and masks big threat to India's war on COVID-19

Perhaps the time has come for politicians of all parties, not just the aam aadmi, to also exhibit that “Covid-appropriate behaviour”

Hathras case: UP Police files 5,000-page charge-sheet against journalist Siddique Kappan, seven others
India

Hathras case: UP Police files 5,000-page charge-sheet against journalist Siddique Kappan, seven others

The police claimed Kappan was arrested because he was going to Hathras, where a 19-year old Dalit girl was gang-raped and murdered, "to breach the peace" as part of a "conspiracy"