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Hooch kills 40 in 48 hours in UP and Uttarakhand

LUCKNOW/HARIDWAR: Two days after 8 folks died in Kushinagar after consuming spurious liquor, some other 18 died in Saharanpur district of the state, taking the hooch demise toll to 26 in 48 hours. Tragedy also struck neighbouring Uttarakhand, where the toll touched 14 on Friday. If one provides casualties in each states, hooch claimed 40 lives in two days.

While 13 excise department officials and four policemen had been suspended in Uttarakhand, Saharanpur SSP suspended 10 policemen, together with an SHO, from Gagalhedi and Naagal police stations that duvet affected villages. Four excise officials had been suspended in Kushinagar on Friday.

UP govt also announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh to kinfolk of deceased and Rs 50,000 for those undergoing treatment. The UP CM ordered a state-wide 15-day joint crackdown via excise and police department against illicit liquor.

It began on Friday morning after a number of villagers from Salempur, Umahi, Sherbatpur, Malipur, Dankopur village of Saharanpour and Bhagwanpur house of Haridwar fell unwell, following which they had been rushed to within reach hospitals. The beginning of the tragedy in each districts was once traced to Baalpur village of Haridwar.

IG: 14 verify hooch deaths in Haridwar

Ashok Kumar, DG (regulation and order), Uttarakhand, stated: “Villagers from Haridwar and Saharanpur district amassed at Baalupur village of Bhagwanpur to attend a 'terahvi' rite and consumed country-made liquor that ended in the tragedy."

All victims within the agegroup of 35-55 belong to Bindu, Kharak, Baalupur and Bhalaswagaj villages, located in Bhagwanpur house of Haridwar district.

Garhwal IG Ajay Rautela stated, “As of now, there are 14 showed causalities in Haridwar, while two are crucial.”

In Kushinagar, the primary two suspected deaths had been reported from Tarya Sujan police station on Feburary 6. However, government failed to verify reason for demise as households had cremated the our bodies earlier than police could intervene. Four more folks died on Thursday and the toll touched 8 via Friday morning.

Additional commissioner (excise) OP Arya stated in Kushinagar that hooch was once being smuggled from bordering Bihar. Kushinagar SP Rajeev Mishra stated police arrested one Rajendra Jaiswal after he confessed to have supplied spurious liquor to victims.

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