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Uttarakhand to bring stringent law against spurious liquor


Facing widespread criticism over a hooch tragedy that left over 100 people dead in the state and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, the government on Tuesday announced a house committee would probe the incident and it would also enact a stringent law against spurious liquor.

As the opposition members created ruckus in the Assembly, said a house committee would be set up to probe the entire incident.

said the government would bring a bill to curb spurious liquor.

Rawat has told to immediately start working on the bill that would effectively curb the thriving racket of illicit liquor in backward areas, especially those on the border with

He also said that the government would try its best to bring the bill in the current session of the state assembly itself.

Under the provisions, those found guilty of involvement in the spurious liquor racket can face lifelong imprisonment and hefty fines, Pant said.

A special surveillance cell in the would also be set up to keep a tab on any nefarious activity related to the sale and purchase of spurious liquor materials.

Besides, the government has also set up a special investigating team (SIT) under the of Police, Garhwal, to probe the incident.

For the last two days, the opposition parties in the state are demanding the resignation of the saying it has totally failed in the state in the wake of the spurious liquor tragedy in district as well as Saharanpur in

While 36 people died in Uttarakhand, 70 died in Saharanpur in what is considered to be the worst-such incident in the region in many decades.



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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 21:30 IST