The number of deaths following the consumption of spurious liquor continued to rise in Kolkata with seven more deaths reported on Monday. Twenty-five people have died so far after consuming illicit liquor from various unauthorised sellers in the port area of the city.
At a high-level meeting chaired by Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta,also in-charge of the excise department,the state government has announced a probe into the illicit liquor business running in Bengal. “If any government agency is found to be involved in patronising the illegal liquor business,strict action will be taken against the guilty,” said Dasgupta.
It was also decided in the meeting that all dens of hooch in the city would be demolished immediately. Incidentally,areas like Leningarh and Bilkanda,the largest hubs of illegal liquor in the state,come within the constituency of Dasgupta.
Asked about it,he said: “This menace keeps cropping up every year. We will ensure that all the dens are demolished as soon as possible.” The police today conducted raids and destroyed hooch dens under the West Port,Taratala,South Port and North Port police stations.
The police have also issued show-cause notices to a deputy excise controller and a sub-inspector of the excise department. The officer-in-charge of the West Port police station has been removed and a departmental inquiry initiated against him. “Whatever may be the designation of an officer,no one will be spared,” said Dasgupta.
On Monday,seven persons died in four different hospitals of the city.
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