Following deaths of over 16 people who died after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Kushinagar and Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakhs to the kin of the deceased.
"Taking the cognizance of deaths, CM has directed the District Magistrates to ensure proper medical care of affected persons," the official said.
Eight people have each died in Saharanpur and Kushinagar. Four people who consumed the spurious liqour in Kushinagar and 10 from Saharanpur have been admitted to the hospital.
Taking action in the matter, DM Anil Kumar said that Sub-inspector of Excise along with four others has been suspended. Inspector in-charge of Tarya Sujan Vinay Pathak and four others have also been suspended. We are investigating this tragedy.
"CM has directed the principal secretary Excise to take departmental action against both district Excise Officers and directed a 15-day joint operation of Excise and Police to take action against spurious liquor operatives. CM has asked DGP to fix responsibility of the police officers of the district." Principal Secretary said.
In Uttarakhand Roorkee also at least 12 people died on Friday after consuming illicit liquor.
"The incident occurred last night in the area of Roorkee. We have suspended thirteen officials in connection with the case and a magisterial inquiry has been ordered and strict action will be taken against the officials," he told ANI.
Taking cognizance of the issue, he further said that the government will initiate awareness programmes in the state.
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