The Gujarat ATS Friday arrested three persons in connection with the hooch tragedy in which at least 23 people were killed in Vareli village of Surat. The probe agency has invoked Section 65 (A) of the Bombay Prohibition (Gujarat Amendment) Act, which stipulates maximum death penalty on conviction, against all the three accused.
The police said this was the first time they had invoked Section 65 (A) in a case of hooch tragedy after it was first introduced in 2009 by the Gujarat government in the wake of the Ahmedabad hooch tragedy. Nearly 160 people were killed in the Ahmedabad incident.
The three arrested have been identified as Ramu Yadav, Kailash Tiwari and Manoj Verma. While Yadav is a native of Uttar Pradesh and a resident of Vareli village, Tiwari is a resident of Mumbai and Verma lives in Ahmedabad.
With these arrests, the total number of arrests in the case has reached 10. Surat police have registered four FIRs.