MP: Death toll in Morena hooch tragedy rises to 20

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Morena: Police personnel work together with an individual who fell in poor health after consuming suspected spurious liquor, at a hopital in Morena district, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.

No less than 20 folks have died and 20 others fallen critically in poor health after consuming what’s suspected to be spurious liquor in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district, a senior police officer mentioned, in the second such incident in the state in the final three months. As per preliminary stories, some residents of Manpur and Pahawali villages in Morena district consumed a white-colored liquor on Monday evening, the officer mentioned. Later, folks in another close by villages additionally fell in poor health after consuming suspected spurious liquor, he mentioned.

An investigation into the tragedy has been ordered and 4 authorities officers, together with policemen, have been suspended.

This was the second hooch tragedy in Madhya Pradesh in the final three months. In October, 14 folks died after consuming spurious liquor in Ujjain.

The DIG mentioned a case has been registered underneath part 304 (culpable murder not amounting to homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 34 and 91 of the Excise Act.

A number of individuals have been rounded up for investigation in the case, he mentioned.

A senior police officer from Morena mentioned deaths have been reported from Manpur and Pahawali villages.

He mentioned those that fell critically in poor health have been admitted to Gwalior hospitals for therapy.

A autopsy report is awaited to verify whether or not the liquor consumed by the victims was toxic or not, the officer added.

In the meantime, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan termed the incident as “tragic” and ordered the suspension of the Morena district excise officer for negligence. He mentioned stern motion can be taken in opposition to the responsible.

“The Morena incident may be very unlucky and tragic. The investigation of the case is occurring. The District Excise Officer has been suspended for prima facie negligence.”

“As quickly because the remaining info of the investigation come out, whoever is discovered responsible is not going to be spared. We are going to take drastic motion,” Chouhan mentioned in a tweet.

In Bhopal, Residence Minister Narottam Mishra mentioned a police official has been suspended following the incident. 

“The incident of deaths attributable to consuming toxic liquor in Morena may be very unhappy and painful. The in-charge of the police station involved has been suspended. A separate crew can be being despatched for investigation,” Mishra mentioned in a tweet.

These answerable for the incident is not going to be spared, he added. The DIG knowledgeable that two extra policemen – a sub-inspector and a head constable – have been additionally suspended in reference to the tragedy.

State Congress president Kamal Nath hit out on the Chouhan-led BJP authorities over the incident.

He alleged that the chief minister has been making false claims about motion in opposition to mafias working in the state.

“Liquor mafia continues to wreak havoc, after killing 16 in Ujjain, now they’ve killed about 10 folks in Morena. Shivraj ji, how lengthy will the liquor mafia hold killing folks like this? The federal government ought to present correct therapy to the sick and assist the affected households in each means doable,” Nath mentioned in a tweet. 

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