Hooch claims 92 in UP, U’khand

Boot­leg­gers al­legedly pro­cured the liquor from a no­madic tribe in a Harid­war vil­lage

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New Delhi: At least 92 peo­ple are re­ported to have lost lives in a clus­ter of vil­lages in neigh­bour­ing dis­tricts in Ut­tar Pradesh and Ut­tarak­hand af­ter con­sum­ing spu­ri­ous liquor sourced from a vil­lage called Balupur in Harid­war.

Most of the vic­tims had con­sumed the liquor at a mourn­ing event on Thurs­day night at Balupur (Ut­tarak­hand), while some oth­ers had bought the hooch pouches from boot­leg­gers in the past three days.

DNA has learned that around 60 peo­ple are cur­rently un­der­go­ing treat­ment at var­i­ous hos­pi­tals. More peo­ple were be­ing hos­pi­talised and re­ports sug­gest that the death toll may top 100.

In UP’s Sa­ha­ran­pur and Meerut, 46 and 18 peo­ple were re­ported dead, while at least 28 died in Ut­tarak­hand.

The places fall en route from the na­tional cap­i­tal to­wards Dehradun. At an in­ter­sec­tion, the road bi­fur­cates; one fork goes to­wards Meerut and Sa­ha­ran­pur, the other to­wards Roor­kee and Harid­war.

Mean­while, in UP’s pil­grim town of Kushi­na­gar, 10 deaths have been re­ported, of which two are due to the con­sump­tion of il­licit liquor. Po­lice are await­ing med­i­cal re­ports to know the cause of the other eight deaths.

Har­row­ing scenes were seen out­side vil­lage mor­tu­ar­ies as peo­ple gath­ered to col­lect the bod­ies of their rel­a­tives. Umahi vil­lage in Sa­ha­ran­pur lost 16 of its res­i­dents.

Sources said that a boot­leg­ger had sourced the liquor from a no­madic tribe iden­ti­fied as Sehsi, and a man iden­ti­fied as Pintu had cir­cu­lated it in the area. But the po­lice have not given any of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion on this.

Pintu’s fam­ily mem­bers claimed that he has can­cer and it was an­other per­son called Sar­dar who would come and de­liver the hooch.

The lo­cals al­leged that the po­lice of­fi­cials were hand-in­glove with the boot­leg­gers in the area.

“Around mid­night, 18 peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tals of whom six were de­clared brought dead, while 10 died dur­ing treat­ment,” said Ran­vi­jay, Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice, Meerut (City).

Vil­lagers mourn their loved ones in UP’s Sa­ha­ran­pur, which saw 46 deaths

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