Death toll in UP, Ut­tarak­hand reaches 108

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MEERUT : The death toll in the hooch tragedy in Ut­tar Pradesh and neigh­bour­ing Ut­tarak­hand has in­creased to 108, and over 200 peo­ple have been ar­rested in a po­lice crack­down, of­fi­cials said on Sun­day.

A to­tal of 73 deaths was re­ported in Ut­tar Pradesh -- 62 in Sa­ha­ran­pur and Meerut dis­tricts and 11 in Kushi­na­gar. An of­fi­cial in­formed that two dozen vil­lagers were still un­der­go­ing treat­ment in hos­pi­tals of Meerut and Sa­ha­ran­pur.

The num­ber of deaths in tragedy-af­fected ar­eas of Jhabreda, Bhag­wan­pur and Roor­kee in Harid­war dis­trict reached 35 on Sun­day , with 48 peo­ple still re­cu­per­at­ing in var­i­ous hos­pi­tals of Ut­tarak­hand, said se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials.

Dis­trict mag­is­trate, Sa­ha­ran­pur, Alok Kumar Pandey and SSP Di­nesh Kumar told me­dia per­sons on Sat­ur­day evening that out of the 56 post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tions con­ducted in Sa­ha­ran­pur, it had been con­firmed that 36 deaths had oc­curred due to spu­ri­ous liquor.

Vis­cera of re­main­ing 20 vic­tims has been col­lected for fur­ther test to con­firm the cause of death.

Of­fi­cials said that till Sat­ur­day night, 36 deaths had been re­ported in Sa­ha­ran­pur and 23 in Meerut Med­i­cal Col­lege. Apart from that three more deaths had been re­ported in vil­lages Ba­hadre, Kolki and Hu­mayun Kota, tak­ing the over­all toll to 62 in Meerut-Sa­ha­ran­pur area.

“Five vil­lagers un­der­go­ing treat­ment at Meerut Med­i­cal Col­lege Hos­pi­tal died on late Sat­ur­day night,” said the hos­pi­tal’s med­i­cal of­fi­cer (ca­su­alty) Dr Harsh­ward­han.

Su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SP) Meerut Ran­vi­jay Singh said that sev­eral peo­ple un­der­go­ing treat­ment at Meerut Med­i­cal Col­lege were in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

Ini­tially, the max­i­mum num­ber of deaths were re­ported from vil­lages Umahi, Sar­bat­pur, Salem­pur and Mali, but over the past 48 hours, deaths have also been re­ported in an­other 15 vil­lages of Nan­gal, Ga­gal­heri and Deoband ar­eas of Sa­ha­ran­pur dis­trict.

Mean­while, an­gry fam­ily mem­bers of the vic­tims and resi-

dents of vil­lage Kolki in Ga­gal­heri came out on streets and blocked the road in protest, al­leg­ing neg­li­gence by of­fi­cials in pro­vid­ing med­i­cal treat­ment to the sick.

Congress leader Im­ran Ma­sood also ac­cused the ad­min­is­tra­tion of adopt­ing a neg­li­gent at­ti­tude to­wards the vic­tims of the tragedy.

(WITH AGENCY IN­PUTS)

SUNILSHARMA/HT PHOTO

▪ Sa­ma­jwadi Party MLA Rafeeq An­sari and party leader Arul Prad­han vis­ited med­i­cal col­lege hos­pi­tal in Meerut and en­quired about treat­ment and con­di­tion of hooch vic­tims of Sa­ha­ran­pur.

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