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July 9, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Hooch toll Increases

The state government has initiated a judicial inquiry. Chief Minister Gundu Rao told the state assembly that the probe will be headed by a high court judge.

By: Editorial |
July 9, 2021 3:25:12 am
Post-mortem reports of 120 victims suggest the presence of methylene and ruled out the presence of lead or tin as has been suggested by some doctors.

The death toll in the liquor disaster in Bangalore has gone up to 234. Many of the survivors are in a critical condition and the doctors fear that the tragedy will claim 30 to 40 more lives. The state government has initiated a judicial inquiry. Chief Minister Gundu Rao told the state assembly that the probe will be headed by a high court judge. The Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court has been asked to suggest the name of a judge for the probe. The police, who have rounded up 65 persons in the illicit liquor business, set up an investigation cell to trace the culprits responsible for the tragedy. Post-mortem reports of 120 victims suggest the presence of methylene and ruled out the presence of lead or tin as has been suggested by some doctors.

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