Over 12 people die on consuming spurious liquor, toll may go up
In a hooch tragedy, at least 13 people of Balupur and Bindukhadak villages in Chudiyala of Haridwar district have died after they consumed illicit liquor while observing the 13th day of the mourning of a deceased friend on Friday.
The condition of many more is stated to be serious. They were admitted at a private hospital.
The aftermath of the tragedy has seen the suspension of many excise department officers deputed in Roorkee tehsil.
The office of the joint commissioner Excise Dehradun has issued the suspension order.
Observers say that such tragedies are inevitable in view of the police indifference to the making of country liquor from jaggery which is a normal practice in many villages of Haridwar district.
“Though the administration and the police are fully aware of the production and sale of such liquor they choose to look the other way,” said an observer. The bodies of the deceased have been sent for post mortem, said the police. The district magistrate and several senior police officers rushed to the spot on being informed of the incident which happened in a village under Jhabreda police station.
It is learnt that some villagers had gone to the village to attend 13th day of the post-death rituals for a deceased friend on Thursday.
The guests had been served with country liquor after they took the meals.
Many of the guests had returned to their homes in the evening and they had fallen ill on the night.
Before the family members could have understood what had happened to them, many have died on the way to the hospital and some have died during the treatment on Friday.
The deceased included Baburam, 35, of Bindukhadak, Jasbir, 43, of Bindukhadak, Jeetram, 50, of Lathardeva Sheikh, Gyan Singh, 43, of Balupur, Swarak, 40, of Balupur, Manga, 43, of Balupur and Jokar, 38, of Balupur. All of them were brought to the civil hospital.
Many more is suspected to have died. However, the deaths are yet to be confirmed. As per the official sources, 13 people have died and many others are critical.
Speaking of the matter to The Pioneer, Haridwar SSP Janmejay Khanduri said, “So far 13 deaths have been confirmed.
The figure might go up. The investigation is on.” It is further learnt that several excise department personnel posted in Roorkee area have been suspended with immediate effect.
Saturday, 09 February 2019 | PNS | Haridwar
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