Not less than 14 folks have died and 20 others fallen critically sick after consuming what’s suspected to be spurious liquor in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district, a senior police officer mentioned, within the second such incident within the state within the final three months. As per preliminary studies, some residents of Manpur and Pahawali villages in Morena district consumed a white-colored liquor on Monday evening, the officer mentioned. Later, folks in another close by villages additionally fell sick after consuming suspected spurious liquor, he mentioned.
An investigation into the tragedy has been ordered and 4 authorities officers, together with policemen, have been suspended.
“Fourteen individuals have died and 20 others taken critically sick after consuming suspected spurious liquor (in Morena district),” Deputy Inspector Basic (DIG) Rajesh Hingankar instructed reporters.
This was the second hooch tragedy in Madhya Pradesh within the final three months. In October, 14 folks died after consuming spurious liquor in Ujjain.
The DIG mentioned a case has been registered beneath part 304 (culpable murder not amounting to homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 34 and 91 of the Excise Act.
A number of individuals have been rounded up for investigation within the case, he mentioned.
The senior police officer from Morena mentioned ten folks from Manpur and Pahawali villages died on Monday evening. The 4 different deaths have been reported later, he mentioned.
He mentioned those that fell critically sick have been admitted to Gwalior hospitals for remedy.
A autopsy report is awaited to establish whether or not the liquor consumed by the victims was toxic or not, the officer added.
In the meantime, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan termed the incident as “tragic” and ordered the suspension of the Morena district excise officer for negligence. He mentioned stern motion can be taken towards the responsible.
“The Morena incident may be very unlucky and tragic. The investigation of the case is occurring. The District Excise Officer has been suspended for prima facie negligence.”
“As quickly because the remaining details of the investigation come out, whoever is discovered responsible is not going to be spared. We’ll take drastic motion,” Chouhan mentioned in a tweet.
In Bhopal, House Minister Narottam Mishra mentioned a police official has been suspended following the incident.
“The incident of deaths attributable to consuming toxic liquor in Morena may be very unhappy and painful. The in-charge of the police station involved has been suspended. A separate group can also be being despatched for investigation,” Mishra mentioned in a tweet.
These chargeable for the incident is not going to be spared, he added. The DIG knowledgeable that two extra policemen – a sub-inspector and a head constable – have been additionally suspended in reference to the tragedy.
State Congress president Kamal Nath hit out on the Chouhan-led BJP authorities over the incident.
He alleged that the chief minister has been making false claims about motion towards mafias working within the state.
“Liquor mafia continues to wreak havoc, after killing 16 in Ujjain, now they’ve killed about 10 folks in Morena. Shivraj ji, how lengthy will the liquor mafia hold killing folks like this? The federal government ought to present correct remedy to the sick and assist the affected households in each means doable,” Nath mentioned in a tweet.