Hooch Tragedy: Death toll rises to 82 as Uttar Pradesh administration suspends 14 officials

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Lucknow: Two more people in the Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh succumbed at a local hospital after consuming spurious liquor. According to the latest reports, a total of 82 people have been victims of this “hooch tragedy” with more than 40 people treated at a local hospital in Saharanpur for the same reason. Deaths have been reported in the Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh and the neighboring district of Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that people from three to four villages on the border of Haridwar and Saharanpur met earlier this week for a ‘terahvi’, which is the thirteenth day in the cycle of mourning that follows the death of an individual according to the Hindus. culture. The General Director (DG, law and order), Ashok Kumar, had told the media yesterday that those affected consumed unwanted liquor just after this ceremony. A report by Aaj Tak states that “18 of these deaths have reported Meerut, 36 from Saharanpur, 20 from Roorkee and 8 from Kushinagar.” Of these, autopsies have been performed for 46 of the deceased individuals. A total of 36 officials died due to the consumption of spurious liquor according to post mortem reports. The sources indicate that the majority of those affected are being treated at AIIMS, Haridwar or at the Meerut Medical College. Reports of the deaths began to emerge yesterday after those who consumed the spurious liquor returned to their villages. Since Saharanpur has reported the maximum number of deaths in Uttar Pradesh, the state government and the police were put into action and led to the suspension of a district tax officer, two special tax inspectors, two special tax agents, three police sub-inspectors and six police officers.