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The Punjab Hooch tragedy: Seven special tax officials, six police officers suspended; death toll now 86 | Chandigarh News

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CHANDIGARH: Punjab Prime Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday ordered the suspension of seven special tax officials along with two DSPs and four SHOs from Punjab Police and the investigation against them in connection with the Hooch tragedy, which has so far claimed 86 lives in three districts.
He has also announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia each to the families of the deceased, most of whom are from Tarn Taran, representing 63 deaths, followed by Amritsar Rural 12 and Gurdaspur (Batala) 11.

“Strict action will be taken against any public servants or others found to be complicit in the case,” Amarinder said, describing that the manufacture and sale of spurious liquor were not verified by police and the excise department as shameful. She added that no one will escape by feeding our people with poison.

The prime minister has warned those involved in spurious liquor businesses to stop immediately or face serious consequences.
He said he had ordered police to track down the culprits and charge all those involved in the case, in which he had ordered a master investigation by a division commissioner on Friday.
“Such illegal acts are not acceptable,” said the Prime Minister, stating that the life of every Punjabi was precious and that he would not let people die from the greed of a few criminals.



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