Punjab spurious liquor death toll rises to 98 | Chandigarh News
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CHANDIGARH: The death toll in the Punjab hooch tragedy increased to 98 on Sunday with 12 more reported people killed in Tarn Taran District after drinking spurious liquor. “In Tarn Taran, the death toll is now 75,” Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said by phone.
However, he said the administration calculated the figure at 75 based on information “received from the field,” as the victims’ latest rites have already been performed by their families in recent days.
Some of them didn’t even show up for the autopsy, he said.
In addition to Tarn Taran, 12 deaths have been reported from Amritsar and 11 of Batala de Gurdaspur, in a tragedy that has developed since Wednesday night.
Authorities said some of the families had not even come forward to report the death of their relatives after drinking spurious liquor.
A senior police official said he had been persuading them to report the death of their relatives.
Meanwhile, the AAP opposition held protests in various places, including Patiala, Barnala, Pathankot and Moga, against the Punjab government.
Protesters accused the government of “negligence”, which led to the deaths of people, mostly from poor families.
Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant mann He also went to Tarn Taran and met the families of the deceased.
Mann sought an investigation from a judge in the matter.
The Punjab government ordered a masterful investigation of the case.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh On Saturday he had announced the suspension of seven special taxes and six policemen.
He described that the manufacture and sale of spurious liquor were not verified by the police and the excise department as “shameful.”
The state government has announced Rs 2 lakh ex gratia for each of the families of the deceased.