Hooch liquor tragedy: Death toll rises to 41; eight policemen suspended

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked the crime branch to submit a report within two days. Three people have been arrested so far.

Written by Gautam S Mengle | Mumbai | Updated: June 19, 2015 10:25 pm
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After 41 people lost their lives drinking spurious liquor, heads have rolled in the Thursday Malwani hooch tragedy. The Mumbai police commissioner, Rakesh Maria has suspended eight policemen including the the in charge of the Malwani police station, Prakash Patil. The incident happened within the jurisdiction of the Malwani police station.

Confirming the suspensions, Maria told The Indian Express that Patil was suspended for negligence. “While Patil has been suspended for negligence, preliminary probe has indicated that two beat constables were aware of the illicit liquor business and they have been put under suspension for connivance,” he said.

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The deaths started being reported from Thursday morning who had consumed the liquor at three illicit liquor dens in the locality, started experiencing severe health problems.

The death toll, rose rapidly over the 24 hours. “A total of 37 people have lost their lives in the tragedy and more than 25 are under treatment. We have made three arrests in the case,” said Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni.

The arrested accused have been identified as Raju Pascal, Donald Patel and Gautam Harte. A woman in her mid 50s is suspected of having supplied the liquor to the three accused, said sources.

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