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Bootleggers may face death penalty in UP as Guv gives nod to

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Those dealing in illicit or spurious in may face the gallows as a stringent bill providing for death penalty and life imprisonment to such offenders, passed by the recently, got the governor's nod.

now becomes the third state after and to have an Act under which bootleggers may be sent to the gallows, if consumption of spurious leads to loss of life.

The UP Excise (Amendment) Bill, 2017, has the provisions of death penalty, life sentence and a fine to the tune of Rs 10 lakh and not less than Rs five lakh in case of death due to consumption of spurious

It also provides for rigorous imprisonment up to ten years and not less than six years in case of disability caused by consumption of spurious liquor and fine to the tune of Rs five lakh and not less than Rs three lakh.

Hooch tragedies take a heavy toll every year in Uttar Pradesh. In July, 17 people died in Azamgarh after they consumed spurious liquor. In 2015, 28 people were killed in a similar incident in the Malihabad area of

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 17:30 IST