Punjab Spurious Liquor Tragedy: Death Toll Rises to 98, Arvind Kejriwal Calls For CBI Probe
The deaths due to spurious liquor in three districts of Punjab reached 98 on Sunday. Attacking the ruling Congress government in Punjab, Delhi Cheif Minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded a CBI probe into the hooch tragedy.
The Tarn Taran district has been worst hit as Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh confirmed that “In Tarn Taran, the death toll is now 75.”
According to a PTI report, the Deputy Commissioner was quick to add that the number is based on the information that the police have “received from the field”. He said the last rites of some of the victims were performed by their families without having come forward for the autopsy.
As many as 12 deaths have been reported from Amritsar, while Gurdaspur’s Batala has witnessed 11 fatalities due to spurious liquor since Wednesday evening.
The Opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) held protests against the ruling Congress Party in Patiala, Barnala, Pathankot and Moga.
The AAP accused Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and his government of “negligence”, that led to the death of mostly poor people. AAP MP Bhagwant Mann met some of the families of the deceased in Tarn Taran.
A magisterial probe is already underway with seven excise and six police officials already suspended. Rs 2 lakh ex gratia has also been announced for each of the families of the deceased.
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