Azamgarh hooch tragedy: Death toll reaches 18, magisterial inquiry ordered

The District Magistrate has ordered an inquiry into the matter. Prinicipal Secretaty, Home, Arvind Kumar said in a statement on Friday that a week long campaign will be run to apprehend those involved in manufacturing of illicit liquor.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 9, 2017 2:49 pm
Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. Source: Google Maps

Death toll in the Azamgarh hooch tragedy rose to 18 after several people fell ill after consuming spurious liquor on Thursday night at Raunapar area in the district, reported ANI. The District Magistrate has ordered an inquiry into the matter.

Till Saturday, seven persons had lost their lives and nine others fell ill. They were referred to the BHU Hospital in Varanasi for treatment. Meanwhile, on the directions of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Raunapar Station Officer Nadeem Ahmed, Sub-Inspector Santosh Kumar Singh and beat constable Shashi Kumar were suspended from duty.

Principal Secretary, Home, Arvind Kumar said in a statement on Friday that a week-long inspection campaign will be run to apprehend those involved in manufacturing of illicit liquor.

Uday Shankar Jaiswal, Azamgarh Range DIG, said that the police recovered 25 kilograms of raw materials and 65 tin boxes used to prepare the liquor after they raided the village.

“There was no man present in the village when police and PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) personnel came for raids. An FIR will be registered under Excise Act after taking a complaint from the villagers,”  he had said.

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    vilya2010
    Jul 9, 2017 at 6:03 pm
    Such inquires such deaths are very common In India where the states have prohibited liquors one make hard liquors free from taxes and supply sealed bottles through ration shops They praise you and you will find peace in the country
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      vilya2010
      Jul 9, 2017 at 5:48 pm
      It is stupidity Prohibition does not work There are such several cases in India several deaths are witnesses. stop prohibition allow them to drink good wine and kiss the death no body blames you
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        Syed Asif
        Jul 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm
        Upar wale ki lathi me awaz nahi hoti.. Good
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          Syed Ahmed
          Jul 9, 2017 at 5:14 pm
          Syed Upar wallah kiss ki maut per khoosh honey sé mana kertaa bait.
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          aw
          Jul 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm
          Azamgarh has a distinction of being the home town of some of the most dreaded criminals of international and national fame . No body found in the village during the police raid is the hallmark of a professional pedigree of crime . To save the future generation of this village all the minors children be taken to jovial homes and be provided education with all seriousness and dedication required for a quality parenting. If you do not reform this nursery of crime the criminals will keep showing up to disturb the establishment and cost much more to control the law and order . Prevention is more efficient that controlling the crime .
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