Hooch Tragedy: Death toll mounts to 82, 14 officials suspended

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Lucknow: The death toll in the ‘hooch tragedy’ has risen to 82 as Uttar Pradesh administration suspended 14 officials for negligence of duty.

Latest reports said a total of 82 people have fallen victim to the ‘hooch tragedy’ with over 40 being treated at a local hospital in Saharanpur.

Most of the deaths were reported from Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh and from neighbouring Haridwar district in Uttarakhand.

A preliminary probe revealed that people from three to four villages on the border of Haridwar and Saharanpur got together earlier this week for a ‘terahvi’, which is the thirteenth day in the mourning cycle that follows the death of an individual as per Hindu culture.

Director General (DG, law and order), Ashok Kumar told media that those affected consumed spurious liquor after this ceremony.

Reports of the deaths began to emerge yesterday after those who consumed the spurious liquor returned to their villages.

Since the maximum number of deaths have been reported from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, the state government suspended a district excise officer, two excise inspectors, two excise constables along with three police sub-inspectors and six constables.

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