Hooch toll rises to 116, Yogi smells political ‘conspiracy’
Did hooch come via dry Bihar?
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
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