Hooch toll rises to 116, Yogi smells political ‘con­spir­acy’

Did hooch come via dry Bi­har?

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - NEWS NET­WORK Ro­han Dua

Meerut/Harid­war: With six more deaths in Ut­tar Pradesh and three in Harid­war, the death toll in the hooch tragedy rose to 116 on Sun­day. Be­sides, an­other 16 — four in UP and 12 in Ut­tarak­hand — are crit­i­cal. The death toll in UP’s Sa­ha­ran­pur has now touched 70, while Ut­tarak­hand has counted 36 dead so far. Kushi­na­gar in east­ern UP has seen 10 deaths so far.

Even as Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) and Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) blamed the rul­ing BJP in both states for the deaths, UP chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath said he smelt “a con­spir­acy” in which the SP may be in­volved.

Adityanath, from his home turf Go­rakh­pur, warned of stern ac­tion against all those found in­volved in il­licit liquor trade even if they were as­so­ci­ated with any political party.

“In the past too, such type mis­chievous acts by SP

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TIMES lead­ers had come to fore. In Aza­m­garh, Har­doi, Kan­pur and Bara­banki, SP lead­ers were found to be in­volved in past hooch tragedies. We can’t deny con­spir­acy this time too,” Yogi told said.

Akhilesh Ya­dav slammed the Yogi gov­ern­ment while BSP chief Mayawati de­manded a CBI probe. Priyanka Luc­know: Methyl al­co­hol used in paint so­lu­tions could have been used to man­u­fac­ture the spu­ri­ous liquor, the UP gov­ern­ment has sus­pected. A man­hunt has also been launched for a Bi­har man sus­pected of man­u­fac­tur­ing and dis­tribut­ing the spu­ri­ous liquor in Kushi­na­gar.

Eight peo­ple died af­ter con­sum­ing spu­ri­ous liquor in Kushi­na­gar. Po­lice have also ques­tioned how the sus­pect, Haren­der Ya­dav, could have routed the spu­ri­ous liquor through a dry state like Bi­har.

Gandhi Vadra, the newly ap­pointed gen­eral sec­re­tary in charge of east­ern UP, also de­manded the BJP gov­ern­ments to en­sure strict pun­ish­ment to those re­spon­si­ble for the hooch tragedy and pro­vide ad­e­quate com­pen­sa­tion to the fam­i­lies of the de­ceased.

Mean­while, major protests erupted in Sa­ha­ran­pur

“When you man­u­fac­ture or brew liquor with lo­cal in­gre­di­ents us­ing methyl al­co­hol, this is what hap­pens,” UP ex­cise min­is­ter Jai Pratap Singh said. “It is nor­mally taken by tankers be­tween dif­fer­ent states and off­loaded at places. And this is what hap­pened in Kushi­na­gar. The per­son who was man­u­fac­tur­ing and sell­ing within that area on the bor­der of Bi­har and UP has been iden­ti­fied. We’ve in­voked the Gang­ster Act and the Ex­cise Act which in­voke death penalty,” he­said.

dis­trict when hun­dreds of men and women blocked the Sa­ha­ran­pur-Muzaf­far­na­gar high­way in Ga­gal­hedi area for hours on Sun­day. A group of women at­tacked and van­dalised a coun­try-made liquor shop in Sa­ha­ran­pur’s Ga­gal­hedi area on Sun­day. The ag­i­ta­tors lit a bon­fire of hun­dreds of liquor pouches.

Fam­ily mem­bers of peo­ple un­der­go­ing treat­ment af­ter con­sum­ing spu­ri­ous liquor, at a hos­pi­tal in Sa­ha­ran­pur

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