SIT probe ordered into hooch tragedy
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress general secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday criticised the BJP governments in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh over the hooch tragedy, which has claimed at least 70 lives so far in two adjoining districts in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
She said it was unimaginable that the business of illegal liquor was operating on such a large scale under the patronage of the two governments.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday night announced a probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the tragedy. A father-son duo has been arrested.
Ms. Vadra said in a statement that no amount of condemnation was enough for “this heart-wrenching incident”. “I am shocked and saddened to hear that over 100 people have died in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur and Kushinagar due to spurious liquor and the death toll is still rising,” she said.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati slammed the BJP government over the deaths in the tragedy.
Meanwhile, U.P. police spokesperson R.K. Gautam said so far 59 persons had died in Saharanpur.