Lucknow, Feb 8 : At least 21 people were killed after consuming spurious liquor in Saharanpur and Kushinagar districts in Uttar Pradesh, officials here on Friday confirmed.
Meanwhile, 10 deaths were reported from Kushinagar, near the UP-Bihar while another 11 died in Saharanpur in the western UP.
Taking cognizance of the matter, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to take strict action against the guilty and asked to provide immediate medical help to the victims. He has also announced a compensation of Rs. two lakh each to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the victims undergoing treatment in the hospital.
CM Adityanath has instructed Chief Secretary Excise Joint operation for next 15 days against illegal liquor and Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) to take strict action against those responsible. He has asked to initiate departmental action against District Excise Officers.
UP CM also directed the state's DGP to take stock of the situation and fix responsibility of the police in two districts where several deaths due to spurious liquor were reported.
A report from Saharanpur said that at least 10 people have died in the adjoining Roorkee area of Uttarakhand, while 11 were from Saharanpur itself. The deceased included Imran (48), Pintu (32), Kamarpal (32) and Arvind (30) in Umahi village of Nagla area. Seven other people of the same village were also killed but they were yet to be identified.
The toll in spurious hooch case in Kushinagar district rose to 10 with two more deaths, prompting authorities to take action against nine officials.
Authorities suspended the excise inspector, two head constables and two constables of the department. Besides, SP Kushinagar has sent four cops including SHO Tarya Sujan police station to the police line.
Ramvriksha, 32, Bedupar village under Tarya Sujan police station and Ramnath, 45, of the same village died on Thursday night in Kusinagar.
Chanchal Chauhan, 45, died after consuming the intoxicant, while Deba Nishad (55), Heera Lal Nishad (33) and Awadh Kishore Nishad had died immediately after consuming the drink.
"In the post-mortem report, the cause behind the death of two people was not clear so the viscera sample has been sent to Varanasi for a chemical test to ascertain the cause of death. The post-mortem report of other bodies is awaited. SHO Tarya Sujan, Vinay Pathk along with inspector and two constables of the area have been called at police lines," SP Kushinagar Rajiv Narayan Mishra said.
DM Anil Kumar Singh had sent a report to the government. "After my report to the government, excise inspector Hriday Narayan Pandey and two head constables and two constables of excise department have been suspended," the DM said.
As per locals, there was a fair in the village on the occasion of 'Mauni Amavasya' and a lot of people had consumed the spurious liquor. (UNI)