SIT probe or­dered into hooch tragedy

The Hindu - - NEWS - Omar Rashid

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.

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