Statements of 12 people recorded, 59 cases registered
The medical report of the ill collected, interrogation of the accused on, say police
As part of the magisterial probe into the hooch tragedy which claimed scores of lives both in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand and Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, the additional district magistrate Haridwar has recorded the statements of 12 people so far. It is also learnt that the medical report of those now undergoing treatment at Civil Hospital has also been collected by the committee constituted to probe the string of death.
The additional district magistrate Lalit Narayan Mishra who is heading the magisterial probe said on Monday that he has appealed to the people living in the villages where the deaths occurred to submit the evidences regarding the manufacturing and supplying of country liquor to them to the committee.
Meanwhile, acting on the directions of Haridwar SSP, police have arrested 57 country liquor traders in course of the raids conducted following the tragedy and 59 cases have been registered against them at different police stations across the district. Police informed that 6,760 pouches of country liquor, 147 litres of hooch and 40 pouches of foreign liquor have been recovered from those arrested in connection with the incident. Police further said that the anti-liquor raids and campaigning is being held across the district to stamp out the illicit liquor sale.
Though the father-son duo-Fakira and Sonu-from Ballupur village have been arrested for their alleged role in bringing the deadly liquor from Saharanpur, the main supplier who is from Punden village is still on the run. A massive man hunt is being done to nab him and his close associates.
Police further informed that the suppliers who have been arrested have confessed during interrogation that they have had never tasted the liquor they had been supplying to the villagers. “The interrogation is further going on. We would get to the bottom of the hooch menace and go all-out to stamp it out,” said a senior district police officer privy to the inquiry of the hooch tragedy. He further said that the smell and the colour of the hooch had indicated that something was wrong with it. “But the suppliers sold it to the villagers without thinking of the risk involved in it. We have further learnt that Sardar Hardev who is the kingpin of the hooch supplying network asked Sonu to return the pouches, but seeing the people queuing up at his place to buy it, he supplied it. This is what has been learnt during the interrogation,” he added.
Notably, some people had gathered at a village under Jhabreda police station in Haridwar district 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 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 had died on the way to the hospital and some had died during the treatment on Friday.
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 | PNS | Haridwar