Chandigarh: The number of deaths in the Punjab hooch tragedy rose to 86 on Saturday, while Chief Minister Amarinder Singh suspended seven excise officials and six policemen.
Tarn Taran alone accounted for 63 deaths, followed by 12 in Amritsar and 11 in Gurdaspur”s Batala.
According to an official statement, the CM ordered the suspension of seven excise officials, along with six policemen.
Among the suspended officials are two deputy superintendents of police and four station house officers.
Officials in Chandigarh were not able to say how many people were still admitted to hospitals after drinking the illegally made country liquor.
The police have conducted several raids to catch those responsible. After eight arrests on Friday, they caught 17 more people in over 100 raids in the three districts and several other places on Saturday.