UP hooch tragedy: At least 116 dead in Saharanpur, Kushinagar and Haridwar, Mayawati demands CBI probe

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Updated:Feb 11, 2019 1:45:28 pm

Hooch tragedy in UP: BSP chief Mayawati said till the CBI probe was complete, excise ministers of both the states should step down. Mayawati said bootleggers who are running a parallel administration right under the nose of the authorities and selling spurious liquor.

hooch tragedy saharanpur, hooch tragedy meaning, hooch tragedy in up, hooch tragedy 2019, hooch tragedy caseThe tragedy is reportedly occured after people consumed spurious liquor manufactured with cheap raw materials. (Express photo: Gajendra Yadav)

UP hooch tragedy: The Uttar Pradesh govenrment led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a probe by a special investigation team into the deaths due to consumption of spurious liquor in the state. An official spokesperson said that the SIT has been constituted to make an in-depth inquiry into the tragedy that struck Saharanpur and Kushinagar districts. The five-member SIT was constituted on the directions of CM Yogi Adityanath.

BSP chief Mayawati said till the CBI probe was complete, excise ministers of both the states should step down. Mayawati said bootleggers who are running a parallel administration right under the nose of the authorities and selling spurious liquor.

Over the last four days, the illicit liquor has killed at least 116 people have died in Saharanpur, in Kushinagar and in Haridwar. The source of the poisonous liquor, according to police. Uttarakhand and UP Police have been conducting joint raids along the border to ascertain the source of liquor.

Despite the arrests, police are yet to determine where the poisonous liquor was made. The spurious liquor has left hundreds of others in hospital. Health officials are yet to throw light on the nature of poisoning constituent that was allegedly used in the liquor. In a two-day drive against spurious liquor trade, a UP government spokesperson said in a statement, 3,049 people have been arrested and over 79,000 liters of country-made liquor seized across the state.

The tragedy is reportedly occured after people consumed spurious liquor manufactured with cheap raw materials and sold for between Rs 10 and Rs 30, the liquor and was readily available at weddings, prayer meetings and multiple mass gatherings, white plastic pouches of country-made liquor were sold in villages across Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh along the Uttarakhand border. However, deaths were not the case earlier as happened now.

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UP hooch tragedy Live updates: The Uttar Pradesh government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a probe by a special investigation team into the deaths due to consumption of spurious liquor in the state.
Hooch tragedy: The five-member SIT was constituted on the directions of CM Yogi Adityanath. (ANI)

13:07 (IST)11 Feb 2019
UP hooch tragedy Live updates: Ensure strict punishment, says Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

UP hooch tragedy Live updates:  Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday demanded the BJP governments in both the states to ensure strict punishment to those responsible for the tragedy and provide adequate compensation to the families of the deceased.  "I am very shocked and saddened to know that more than 100 people have been killed in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur, Kushinagar and several villages, and the death toll is continuing to mount," PTI quoted Priyanka as saying in her first official statement after taking charge as general secretary.

12:56 (IST)11 Feb 2019
UP hooch tragedy Live updates: Prohibition cannot work everywhere, Bihar Dy CM

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Sunday said prohibition cannot work everywhere as it did in his state. "Prohibition may have worked in Bihar but it cannot work everywhere. Different states have different circumstances and it is up to their respective chief ministers to decide whether or not imposing prohibition will be a practical idea," the deputy CM said.

12:28 (IST)11 Feb 2019
UP hooch tragedy Live updates: What is Hooch

What is Hooch?

UP hooch tragedy Live updates: Mixing of methyl alcohol or methanol in the country-made liquor to increase its alcohol content has been a reason for deaths in many cases. Hooch also known as 'Lattha' is derived from cane sugar and is sold for a fraction of the price, about Rs 25 or 30 for a plastic pouch.

Methanol is commonly used for antifreeze, can also be added to illicit liquor to increase its alcohol content. Methanol is highly toxic to humans. It is a constituent of industrial solvent, which if injected has severe potential ramification. Toxicity usually occurs from overdose or injection and results in several complications including death.

For liquor, ethanol is used in different quantities. In the current tragedy, reportedly it is apprehended that instead of ethanol, illegal suppliers might have gone for methanol.

11:58 (IST)11 Feb 2019
UP hooch tragedy Live updates: A look at past deadliest tragedies

West Bengal, 2011- Toxic liquor took lives of over 156 people

Gujarat, 2009- Hooch tragedy claimed 136 lives

Karnataka-Tamil Nadu, 2008: Over 180 people lost their lives after consuming deadly liquor.

Odisha, 1992- More than 200 died in Cuttack

11:30 (IST)11 Feb 2019
UP hooch tragedy Live updates: Alleged liquor could have used methyl alcohol

UP hooch tragedy: The alleged liquor could have used methyl alcohol instead of ethyl alcohol since it’s cheaper and a large amount of toxic substance could have been added,” Dr. S K Varshney, Chief Medical Superintendent of the Saharanpur Medical Government College told Indian Express.

10:59 (IST)11 Feb 2019
UP hooch tragedy Live updates: Two people were arrested on Sunday

UP hooch tragedy Live updates: Two people were arrested on Sunday in connection with the tragedy in two adjoining districts in Uttarakhand and UP. According to the police, the arrested father-son duo, Fakira and Sonu, told investigators that they had procured the spurious liquor from Uttar Pradesh and sold it in Balupur and its neighbouring villages in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district. The two are residents of Balupur village, Haridwar and Saharanpur SSPs told in a joint press conference in Roorkee.

10:34 (IST)11 Feb 2019
UP hooch tragedy Live updates: BSP demands CBI investigation

UP hooch tragedy: BSP chief Mayawati has said that both the state governments (UP and Uttarakhand) were "callous" in their approach towards banning sale of spurious liquor and demanded a CBI probe into the tragedy.  She said till the CBI probe was complete, excise ministers of both the states should step down. Mayawati said bootleggers who are running a parallel administration right under the nose of the authorities and selling spurious liquor.

10:28 (IST)11 Feb 2019
UP hooch tragedy Live updates: SIT to find any conspiracy angle

UP hooch tragedy: SIT has been specifically asked to find out whether there was any conspiracy angle and also to review past incidents, and submit its report within 10 days, suggesting measures to stop recurrence of such incidents. A home department official said that the government has decided to suspend the circle officers in both the districts where the tragedy took place.

10:25 (IST)11 Feb 2019
UP hooch tragedy Live: Yogi overnment has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh

The UP government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased and help of Rs 50,000 each for those undergoing treatment in hospitals. Taking serious note of the deaths due to spurious liquor in Kushinagar as well as Saharanpur districts,  government has ordered a 15-day joint drive by excise and police officials against those involved.

UP hooch tragedy: The tragedy took a political hue on Sunday, with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath suggesting the involvement of the Samajwadi Party in "such mischievous acts" and BSP chief Mayawati seeking a CBI probe into the matter. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra demanded the BJP governments in both the states to ensure strict punishment to those responsible for the hooch tragedy and provide adequate compensation to the families of the deceased. Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav slammed the BJP government in the state over the deaths.hooch tragedy saharanpur, hooch tragedy meaning, hooch tragedy in up, hooch tragedy 2019, hooch tragedy case Hooch tragedy in UP: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav slammed the BJP government in the state over the deaths. (ANI)