Member NCSC visits hooch tragedy-affected villages, assures help
A member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes Swaraj Vidwaan visited the villages where the death occurred due to the consumption of spurious liquor a few days ago. While expressing her grief over the string of deaths, she assured that the government would render all kinds of help to the near ones of the deceased to survive. Besides, the commission would ensure that those responsible for the tragedy would be appropriately punished, she added.
Earlier, Vidwaan met the family members of those who died after drinking illicit liquor at some villages in Haridwar district last week during her one- day Haridwar visit on Wednesday. She talked to them and assured them that efforts were being made to render them help through Parivarik Labh Yojana. “The state government has assured to give an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the families of the deceased. Besides, Rs 50,000 would be given to those who are undergoing treatment. This aside, we would do everything to help the members of the victims’ families come out of the crisis. We know many of them have lost their sole bread earners to the tragedy. It is thus proving difficult for them to survive,” she said. She further stressed that all those responsible for the death of so many persons would be arrested. “Police are going all-out to arrest each of the hooch racket. Nobody would be spared,” she affirmed.
Notably, the villagers of Ballupur, Bindukhadak, Bhalswaj, Manakpur, lathardeva and Nagla area of Gagahedi had fallen ill on consuming the liquor last Thursday. At least 36 people from the district have so far fallen prey to the spurious liquor incident while over 100 have died in Saharanpur district of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. The arrest spree is still going on and the kingpin of the hooch racket has already been arrested.
Thursday, 14 February 2019 | PNS | Haridwar
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