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Bengal hooch tragedy toll rises to 12

IANS  |  Kolkata 

With five more deaths since late Wednesday night, the toll in the tragedy in West Bengal's district rose to 12 with 28 people admitted in hospitals, said on Thursday.

"The death toll has risen to 12, as five more people died since late last night. As many as 19 people have been admitted at the district hospital while nine others have been referred to Kolkata as their condition is critical," said district's CMOH Tapas Roy.

The incident took place in Nrishighapur village under Santipur block, prompting the to order a inquiry. A compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the closest kin of each of the deceased has also been announced.

"Four people involved in illicit liquor trade have been arrested in the case," police said.

Eleven excise officials, including of Ranaghat range and eight excise constables, have been suspended.

The tragedy has also triggered a political slugfest, with and accusing peddlers from and of smuggling in the spurious liquor into The has asked the CID to probe the angle.

However, the state BJP has rubbished the allegation and blamed the administration of turning a blind eye to the rampant trade.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 23:36 IST
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