Dis­trict admn fails to set up con­trol room

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NAN­GAL ( SA­HA­RAN­PUR) : Even af­ter more than 60 deaths in hooch tragedy in Meerut and Sa­ha­ran­pur in the past three days, the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion has failed to set up a con­trol room or ap­point a no­dal of­fi­cer to mon­i­tori the tragedy and to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to the af­fected fam­i­lies.

Sarvesh Kumar, a res­i­dent of Umahi vil­lage, said, “What was nec­es­sary at this point? Drive to nail boot­leg­gers or to pro­vide ad­e­quate treat­ment to sick per­sons?”. He said even three days af­ter the tragedy ,the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion had not both­ered to set up a con­trol room or ap­point a no­dal of­fi­cer to pro­vide con­sol­i­dated and au­then­tic in­for­ma­tion about dead and sick peo­ple. “We are col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion by our own ef­forts and help­ing vic­tims’ fam­i­lies,” said Sarvesh.

Rahul and Nikki of the same vil­lage said, “We don’t know how and whom to con­tact and col­lect in­for­ma­tion about peo­ple un­der treat­ment in dif­fer­ent hos­pi­tals and those who have lost their lives dur­ing treat­ment.”

Mean­while, Congress leader Im­ran Ma­sood blamed of­fi­cials for hid­ing in­for­ma­tion of dead peo­ple and termed the act as in­sen­si­tive and neg­li­gent.

When sub di­vi­sional of­fi­cer of Deoband, Ritu Pu­nia was con­tacted and asked about ex­is­tence of any con­trol room, she sug­gested to con­tact Sa­ha­ran­pur dis­trict mag­is­trate’s of­fice in this re­gard.

How­ever, de­spite re­peated ef­forts, the DM could not be con­tacted over his phone.

Alarmed over the is­sue, com­mis­sioner of Sa­ha­ran­pur Chan­dra Prakash Tri­pathi, IG Sharad Sachan, DM Alok Kumar Pandey and SSP Di­nesh Kumar con­vened a meet­ing with vil­lage prad­han un­der Nan­gal po­lice sta­tion area, on Sat­ur­day.

They ap­pealed them to help of­fi­cials in nail­ing boot­leg­gers and sen­si­tise peo­ple about ill ef­fect of spu­ri­ous liquor in their re­spec­tive vil­lages.

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