The death toll in the Punjab Hooch tragedy rises to 70 | Amritsar News
SPS Parmar, Inspector General of Police (IG), border range. (Photo: ANI)
AMRITSAR: The cost in the hooch tragedy in Punjab it rose to 70 on Saturday, with a maximum of 47 deaths reported in the Tarn Taran district.
Tarn Taran Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh told TOI that so far, 47 district deaths have been reported, while the inspector general, border rank, SPS Parmar reported that there were 11 and 12 deaths, respectively, in the Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts.
The unofficial number of deaths is reported to be around 80.
Hardial Singh Maan, deputy inspector general of the Ferozpour division, reported that the relatives of many deceased had performed the last rites of their loved ones after their death without informing the police.
He said the police had so far arrested nine people and registered a case against him under sections 304,328, 120 B, 61/1/14 Excise Tax Act. The sources reported that the police had identified two more people who were still fleeing.
“The police also recovered illicit liquor,” added the sources.
Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ishfaq reported that the police had arrested five people, including two women, Faujan and Trivani, the latter running a YouTube news channel. He wondered if the relatives of many victims would deny that their loved ones had died after consuming spurious liquor and claim that they had died of some disease.
“It is incredible that five to six people living within a range of one to two kilometers die of a heart attack or some other illness within a few hours,” he said, adding that the police had been instructed to take strict action against guilty.
Lok Sabha (parliamentary) member of parliament Jasbir Singh Dimpa said the state government had announced that it would award compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the relatives of the deceased. He said the police had been directed to arrest the culprits within 48 hours.
Dimpa said that Division Commissioner Jalandhar was conducting a masterful investigation into the incident, in addition to a team led by the chief superintendent of rural Amritsar, the police were also conducting an investigation.
MLA, Jandiala, Sukhvinder Singh Danny also met with relatives of the deceased and those undergoing treatment in a hospital.
Meanwhile, the leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Kultar Singh Sandhwa and Jai Shankar Rohri, MLA of Kotkapura and Garshankar have expressed their condolences to the families of those who died in the Hooch tragedy in Batala. Both blamed the Congressional government for allegedly protecting smugglers.
They demanded that the prime minister resign immediately while taking responsibility for the deaths. Both also demanded a high-level investigation into the deaths in Amritsar, Batala and Tarn Taran of an acting High Court judge in Punjab and Haryana, in addition to compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the victim’s next of kin.
“Cases under section 302 IPC must be registered against those responsible for the deaths,” they demanded.