Hooch claims 92 in UP, U’khand
Bootleggers allegedly procured the liquor from a nomadic tribe in a Haridwar village
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