Karnataka hooch tragedy toll mounts to 156

The death toll from the illicit liquor tragedy that struck parts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu rose to 156 on Wednesdayeven as fresh cases were reported at Malur in Kolar district of Karnataka.

Bangalore/Krishnagiri, May 20: The death toll from
the illicit liquor tragedy that struck parts of Karnataka and
Tamil Nadu rose to 156 on Wednesdayeven as fresh cases were reported
at Malur in Kolar district of Karnataka.

As authorities continued with their crackdown on
bootlegging, two persons, who consumed the hooch in malur last
evening, died in the early hours today, police said.

In Bangalore city, six more persons, admitted in hospital,
died.

The illicit brew has claimed 115 lives in Karnataka --56
in Bangalore city, 32 in Kolar and 27 in Bangalore rural.

Eight police personnel, including two sub-inspectors, have
been placed under suspension in the wake of the fresh incident
at Malur, Kolar Superintendent of Police Seemanth Kumar said.

Police in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri district bordering
Karnataka, said the toll there mounted to 41 today.

Four police officials have been placed under suspension
there, they said.

Karnataka excise personnel who continued their search for
illicit liquor found a number of sachets dumped in a well in
Cox Town area in Bangalore.

"Twenty sachets have been taken out. Efforts are on to
remove the other sachets" Excise Commissioner Chikkamath said.

Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur visited the city
hospitals where patients are being treated and enquired about
their well-being. He was accompanied by excise officials and
Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) B K Singh.

Bureau Report

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