66 Tea Garden Workers Dies After Consuming Spurious Liquor In Assam, Probe On

| February 23 , 2019 , 13:07 IST

At least 66 garden workers died after consuming poisonous bootleg liquor in district Golaghat, Assam. Several others have been admitted in a critical condition at the Jorhat Medical College Hospital and at the Golaghat civil hospital on Thursday Evening.

The deaths come less than two weeks after more than 100 people died after drinking bootleg alcohol in northern India. At least seven women were among the dead at the plantation.

According to locals, the workers at Salmara tea garden had consumed the liquor on Thursday evening and four women died soon after. In the next 12 hours, eight more deaths were reported. The toll has now touched 66.

Police suspect the liquor was procured late on Thursday night from the house of a woman named Dhraupadi Oran (65) and her son Sanju Oran (30) in the Salmara tea garden of Golaghat. The mother and son have died, too, adding to the difficulty in the investigation into the case.

Speaking to media, Singh said “They were taken to the hospital where they succumbed. From today early morning, several persons reported having fallen ill.”

The cases were reported from both Golaghat and Jorhat districts.

Singh further said, “In Golaghat, 22 people have died, including 11 women. Another 24 are undergoing treatment at hospitals in the district.”

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Meanwhile, Dr M J Gohain, public relations officer of the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital, said, “As of 10 pm, 20 deaths have occurred here — nine women and 11 men.”

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in a press statement, said he has ordered a one-man inquiry by Upper Assam Division Commissioner Julie Sonowal. This committee will submit its report within 30 days.

“The modus operandi of the inquiry will study the circumstances and other related causative factors and prepare a report and submit the same to the government,” the statement said.

Ripun Bohra the leader of Indian National Congress also Tweeted on the incident

kushal kumar

The month of February 2019 has brought sadness and sorrow. Major fire incidents have been unusual or abnormal. Weather conditions have made sad , particularly in northern India. Terror has struck sorrow. Hooch or illicit or spurious liquor caused major incidents in February 2019 have been reported from States of UP and Assam. Death toll in Assam has reached hundred with nearly same number in UP. Hundreds have been reportedly hospitalized. Such incidents of “Fire” , “ Chemicals” and “Venom” calling for more care and appropriate strategy during two months of February –March in 2019 were indicated in the alert of this Vedic astrology writer through article - “ The Year 2019 Astrologically for India” - published last year on 7 October 2018 in