Over 80 killed by bootleg alcohol in Indian state

The victims died in three districts of the northern state and police have arrested 10 people the officials said

The victims died in three districts of the northern state and police have arrested 10 people the officials said

Sources informed that the cops had identified two more persons who were still absconding.

According to the Excise Commissioner, though reports of the chemical analysis of the material seized in Friday's raids were yet to come, a superficial check showed that the material was denatured spirit, generally used in the paint and hardware industries.

Tarn Taran deputy commissioner Kulwant Singh told TOI that so far, 47 deaths had been reported from the district while inspector general, border range, SPS Parmar informed there have been 11 and 12 deaths, respectively, in Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts.

Strict action will be taken against any public servant or others found complicit in the case, said Singh, describing the police and excise department failure to check the manufacturing and sale of spurious liquor as shameful.

The unofficial number of deaths is reported to be around 80.

PTI quoted the DGP as saying that the first five fatalities were reported from Mucchal and Tangra villages in Amritsar's Tarsikka on the night of 29 July. One person died at Sri Guru Ram Das Hospital in Amritsar after being shifted from Tangra.

The toll in the Punjab spurious liquor tragedy rose to 86 on Saturday, PTI reported. The inquiry will look into the facts and circumstances leading to the incidents, a statement by the state government said. The divisional commissioner of Jalandhar, along with the joint excise and taxation commissioner of Punjab and the police superintendent of the three districts were given the responsibility for the investigation.

The post-mortem of four people - Jaswinder Singh, Kashmir Singh, Kirpal Singh and Jaswant Singh - will be conducted on Friday to ascertain the exact cause of their death, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Kultar Singh Sandhwa and Jai Shankar Rohri, MLAs from Kotkapura and Garshankar have expressed condolences with the relatives of those who had died in the hooch tragedy in Batala.

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