SPS Parmar, Inspector General of Police (IG), border vary. (Photo: ANI)
AMRITSAR: The toll in the hooch tragedy in Punjab mounted to 70 on Saturday, with most 47 deaths reported from Tarn Taran district.
Tarn Taran deputy commissioner Kulwant Singh advised TOI that to this point, 47 deaths had been reported from the district whereas inspector normal, border vary, SPS Parmar knowledgeable there have been 11 and 12 deaths, respectively, in Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts.
The unofficial variety of deaths is reported to be round 80.
Hardial Singh Maan, deputy inspector normal, Ferozpour division knowledgeable that relations of many deceased had carried out the final rites of their pricey ones after their deaths with out informing the police.
He mentioned police had arrested 9 folks to this point and registered a case in opposition to them below sections 304,328, 120 B, 61/1/14 Excise Act. Sources knowledgeable that the cops had recognized two extra individuals who have been nonetheless absconding.
“The police had also recovered illicit liquor,” the sources added.
Gurdaspur deputy commissioner Mohammad Ishfaq knowledgeable that police had arrested 5 individuals, together with two ladies Faujan and Trivani, the later runs a youtube information channel. He puzzled sill relations of many victims have been denying that their pricey ones had died after consuming spurious liquor and preserve that they’d died of some sickness.
“It is unbelievable that five to six people living within a range of one to two kilometres dies of heart attack or some other disease within few hours,” he said, adding, police had been instructed to take strict action against the culprits.
Lok Sabha Member Parliament (MP) Jasbir Singh Dimpa said the state government had announced to give a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased. He said police had been directed to arrest the culprits within 48 hours.
Dimpa said divisional commissioner Jalandhar was conducting a magisterial inquiry into the incident, besides a team led by senior superintendent of Amritsar rural, police were also conducting a probe.
MLA, Jandiala, Sukhvinder Singh Danny also met the relatives of the deceased and those under treatment in a hospital.
Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Kultar Singh Sandhwa and Jai Shankar Rohri, MLAs from Kotkapura and Garshankar have expressed condolences with the relatives of those who had died in the hooch tragedy in Batala. Both of them blamed the Congress government for allegedly sheltering the bootleggers.
They demanded the chief minister to immediately step down while taking the responsibility of the deaths. Both of them also demanded a high-level probe into the deaths in Amritsar, Batala and Tarn Taran from a sitting judge of Punjab and Haryana high court beside a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to next of kin of the victim.
“Cases below part 302 IPC must be registered in opposition to these discovered answerable for the deaths,” they demanded.