Assam Hooch tragedy: Death toll rises to 124, over 300 undergoing treatment

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Updated: February 24, 2019 1:34:19 PM

Assam Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said that the police have detained 12 people from Golaghat for interrogation, in connection to the case, two more have been arrested.

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Nearly a fortnight ago the country witnessed one of its worst hooch tragedies in Uttar Pradesh which claimed around 99 lives – Assam is witnessing another which has left at least 124 people dead, IndianExpress reported. Over 300 others are admitted in the hospitals in the districts of Jorhat and Golaghat.

The Assam government has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs for the family of the deceased, and Rs 50,000 for those who are undergoing treatment. Assam Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said that the police have detained 12 people from Golaghat for interrogation, in connection to the case, two more have been arrested.

A senior police officer informed IE that the deaths is spread across a 40 km radius and 17 sellers of the illegal liquor have been identified. They are also trying to identify the supplier of the liquor. Meanwhile, the police have also sent a liquor sample for forensic analysis.

Out of the 110 deceased, 45 were admitted to the Jorhat Medical College, and 221 more are undergoing treatment there, reported PTI. In Golaghat Civil hospital, 93 victims were admitted, 35 of whom have succumbed, and four more in the Tirabor area.

The tragedy struck the twin districts of Jorhat and Golaghat on Thursday night. After which the state government has ordered two separate enquiries to investigate the incident. Upper Assam Division Commissioner Julie Sonowal is to investigate the mishap and submit a report to the government in a month. Another four-member team, headed by Additional Commissioner of the Excise Department, Sanjib Medhi is to submit the report within three days. Two officials of the same ministry have already been suspended over the case.

Police have already suspected the presence of poisonous methyl alcohol in the hooch, which is commonly available.

Former chief minister Tarun Gogoi has accused the BJP government of the incident, saying adequate measures have not been taken to stop the sale of hooch. He also demanded a judicial enquiry over the issue. Other Congress members also staged a protest. while the leading student and youth organisation of the state Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad burnt Excise minister Parimal Suklabaidya’s effigy in Golaghat demanding his resignation.

Doctors from Assam Medical College Hospital of Dibrugarh district, Gauhati Medical College Hospital and Tezpur Medical College Hospital were brought down to the hospitals in Jorhat and Golaghat to provide medical care to the huge number people affected people, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told news agency PTI.

The director of medical education in state Anup Barman, along with directors of Health in Assam and the National Rural Health Mission has also come down to Jorhat to supervise and provide the best possible medical care to the patients.

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