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Death toll climbs to 97 in Mumbai hooch tragedy, 2 women arrested

This is the worst hooch tragedy in the city since December 2005 when 87 people lost their lives due to consumption of spurious liquor in suburban Vikhroli.

| Mumbai | Updated: June 22, 2015 1:22 am
One of the victims being transferred to Nair Hospital. (Source: Express Photo by Dilip Kagda)

The death toll in the Malwani hooch tragedy reached 97 Sunday, with 46 persons still under treatment at various hospital in Mumbai. Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police Crime Branch Sunday arrested two more persons in the case, taking the total number of arrests to seven, and seized more than 1,000 litres of spurious liquor from the house of one of the five accused arrested earlier.

According to Crime Branch officers, the two arrested Sunday are Mamta Rathod (30) and Agnes Gracy (50), both residents of Malwani, who were running liquor dens in shanties in the slum. They were picked up from Malad Sunday afternoon, and were placed under arrest in the evening after questioning.

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“Both the accused used to buy the spurious liquor from Francis D’Mello, one of the five accused arrested earlier, and would then sell it. We are now interrogating D’Mello about the source and supply routes of the liquor,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni.

A Crime Branch officer added, “On Sunday, we searched D’Mello’s residence and found around 1,100 litres of spurious liquor in several barrels. The sheer quantity of the liquor suggests a large-scale and highly organised racket, and we are probing further.”

“The hooch was brought through the sea route by the main accused, identified as Raju. We suspect it was brewed either near the creeks of Bhayander or on the Madh or Gorai islands in Mumbai,” said a senior officer.

Police officers said no new patient was admitted to hospitals after Saturday afternoon, and some of the patients showing mild symptoms of chemical poisoning, had been discharged.

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    Damaru Prasad
    Jun 21, 2015 at 4:03 pm
    Rather than debating the issue you guys are holding back sane advice. So sorry!! Media is wholly responsible for economic under-development of India. It had no vision like the leader.
    1. K
      Jun 22, 2015 at 1:45 am
      Is this not another world record?
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        M Vyas
        Jun 21, 2015 at 7:26 pm
        96. families lost their bread earner..Who cares ?? Where is police..administation..accountability..governance..Police ko hafta dedo..bade logo ko hafta dedo...sab chalta hai.. shame on bjp sena rule..Fedenves is not interested to reform police most corrupt dept in w asia..
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          venkat naidu
          Jun 21, 2015 at 7:01 pm
          On the 96 people dead and 38 still undergoing treatment, in Mumbai. This is all because the administration's blinder or ignorance by the Governing authorities. Who is responsible for raids on illegal liquors being sold. The governments who claim the excellent governance is a joke to what has happened in Mumbai. Here is the action what you need to take- Since the Mafia is a enemy internal within the country, hand over the action to be taken by the military. the Police or the state govenment should take a call, should say our Police or govenment authorities are being bribed or threatened by Mafia, So please Central Government of India please send the Military and treat these country's internal enemy just as you treat the country's external enemies from the border.