Death Toll Rises To 104, After Consumption Of Adulterated Liquor In UP, Uttarakhand

| February 10 , 2019 , 12:01 IST

The death toll after consumption of adulterated liquor in the twin hooch tragedies in Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring state Uttarakhand has reached to 104, with over 200 people arrested in a police crackdown, officials said on Sunday.

It is learnt that 54 deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district, while 18 people died during treatment at the Meerut Medical College.

Speaking to IANS Saharanpur District Magistrate Alok Kumar Pandey told that out of the 46 post-mortems conducted so far, 36 were confirmed to have died due to consumption of spurious liquor.

Meerut Superintendent of Police (SP) Ranvijay Singh said 14 people undergoing treatment at the medical college, were in serious condition.

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Meanwhile, 32 deaths were also reported in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, according to Excise Department officials.

The Uttar Pradesh victims had visited Balupur in Roorkee, Uttarakhand, on February 7 for a funeral after which they consumed the illicit liquor, police sources said.

In the police crackdown, 9,269 litres of hooch was seized in Uttar Pradesh while 1,066 litres was recovered in Uttarakhand.

A total of 215 persons have been arrested in Uttar Pradesh, while cases against 297 persons have been filed. Forty-nine cases have been registered in Uttarakhand.

The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a magisterial enquiry into the tragedy and many officials of the police and the Excise Department have been suspended.

According to media reports many other police officers have also been suspended by the government. The UP police said over 30 people have been arrested for the tragedy so far and stringer sections of the law including the Gangster Act and the National Security Act will be applied against them. The government said all those arrested were involved in the manufacture and distribution of illicit liquor.