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Spurious liquor toll 23 at Uttarakhand-UP border

IANS  |  Dehradun 

The toll from spurious liquor in areas located at Uttarakhand-border on Friday went up to 23 with 10 others being hospitalized, police sources said, adding the toll could go up.

The villagers allegedly took liquor containing dangerous methyl alcohol, sources said.

A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident, state Excise and said. Over a dozen officials of the in district have been suspended following the incident, Pant said.

While 14 people died in district of Uttarakhand, none others succumbed in bordering Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, police said.

Director General of Police said a manhunt has been launched to nab the culprits. Four police personnel have also been suspended. "We are investigating the matter," Raturi said.

Saharanpur Senior of Police confirmed the death of nine persons in the district.

The tragedy struck when a group of people, gathered at Balupur village for the 13th-day cremation event (teharvin) on Thursday evening, drank the spurious liquor as part of the local ritual.

Soon after drinking the liquor, people started vomiting, sources said. They were rushed to nearby hospitals in where 14 of them died. "We can confirm that 14 people have died after they consumed spurious liquor," said Raturi.

"The reports of deaths started trickling in the morning," said Raturi.

Governor Baby and expressed shock and grief over the incident. Rawat has asked the Haridwar district administration to provide best medical facilities to the hospitalized people.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 19:06 IST
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