Vadodara hooch tragedy: Pesticide found in liquor

The forensic experts have identified propoxur carbamate as the poison which was mixed with the county-made liquor that killed four and taken 19 others of Panej village of Sankheda taluka seriously ill.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: March 22, 2012 4:31:18 am

The forensic experts have identified propoxur carbamate as the poison which was mixed with the county-made liquor that killed four and taken 19 others of Panej village of Sankheda taluka seriously ill. Propoxure carbamat is used to make dry-powdered pesticides.

“The Surat Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) has declared that the powdery content of a plastic bag seized by the police from the residence of Ram Tadvi,the main accused in the case,was propoxur carbamate. The chemical is a pesticide,” Ramesh Patel,Deputy Superintendent of Police,Dabhoi,said.

“The same chemical has been found present in all the 21 blood,viscera and stomach-wash samples of those who had consumed the liquor,” the DSP,who is heading the probe in the case,further said.

Police and the SSG Hospital in the city,where the affected people were admitted on March 13,had sent the samples to Surat forensic laboratory on March 14 after Vadodara regional forensic laboratory declared that the liquor did not contain methanol.

The police had found the bag at the residence of Ram during a raid on March 14. The officials have conducted tests on fruits and a bottle of pesticide recovered from the site.

“However,it has been revealed that the fruits were used to kill fish in a nearby pond,while we suspect that the bottle also contained pesticide and it was mixed with the brew,” Patel added.

While 14 people are still in ICU at SSG,five others are in ICU at Sterling Hospital in the city.

One more arrested

Meanwhile,police arrested Dilip Parmar alias Bhurio,a resident of Panej and against whom cases under Prohibition Act have been registered. Police suspect Ram Tadvi and Pravin had a running business rivalry. To ruin Ram’s business,Parmar convinced Raman Tadvi,an aide to Ram,to mix the chemical in the bottle with the liquor. Ram,his wife Kokila and Raman are already in police custody.

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