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UP hooch tragedy toll climbs to 47, 175 arrested in police crackdown

IANS  |  Lucknow 

The death toll in the hooch tragedy in and went up to 47 on Saturday evening even as raids continued across the state.

As many as 175 persons have been arrested so far in connection

with the tragedy while 297 cases were registered against the hooch trading mafia, officials said. Thousands of litres of spurious liquor were also recovered in the statewide crackdown.

As per latest reports, 36 persons have died after consuming spurious liquor in Saharanpur district of western while 11 persons have died in district.

(DM) of Saharanpur, Alok Kumar Pandey, told IANS that so far 36 deaths were confirmed but the number could go up with more deaths being reported from neighbouring

"Three persons undergoing treatment locally are showing signs of improvement, while six have been referred to the Medical College as they were critical" Pandey said.

has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

According to officials, the victims had attended a funeral in neighbouring Ballupur village in district and had consumed liquor there. They fell ill thereafter.

Raids were being conducted in various parts of the state, including Banda from where a large quantity of illicit liquor was seized. The has already suspended the of Kushinagar, among many others.

Jyotiraditya Scindia, in-charge of western UP, expressed anguish over the deaths and tweeted that he has since spoken to the Saharanpur DM, seeking details of the tragedy.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 21:12 IST
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