Hooch tragedy: Bill to be tabled for stringent punishment
The State Government will bring in a Bill during the current Session of Vidhan Sabha to ensure severe punishment for those guilty of brewing and supplying spurious liquor.
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said this while interacting with the media persons at the Vidhan Sabha on Monday.
The Chief Minister said that like the Government of India had made provision for stern punishment to those guilty of raping girls, the State will also bring in a Bill in the current Session of the Assembly with provision of stringent punishment for those guilty of making and supplying spurious liquor.
Referring to the hooch tragedy in Haridwar district, the Chief Minister said that a commission will also be set up for inquiry in such type of cases.
He said that an in-depth investigation will be held into the incident that had occurred in Haridwar district. For this purpose, a special investigation team, headed by an officer of the rank of inspector general, is being formed by the State Government so that an in-depth investigation can be conducted and the source of the problem can be ascertained. Orders for a magisterial inquiry had already been issued in the past soon after the incident came to light.
A joint committee of the police from Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh has also been formed in this case.
Regarding confusion about the source of the spurious liquor that had resulted in deaths in Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Rawat said that the senior superintendents of Haridwar and Saharanpur had already held a joint Press conference in which they had clarified as to who had brewed the liquor and who had sold it.
The focus of the State Government is on ensuring that all those guilty in this case are brought to justice, stressed the Chief Minister.
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 | PNS | Dehradun