Jodhpur: With the death of three more persons, the toll in the hooch tragedy here shot up to five on Wednesday, even as the police conducted a series of raids and arrested two men for alleged illegal sale of liquor.
According to hospital sources, while three persons have died, two more are admitted in the ICU and four in the medical ward of the MDM Hospital.
Police and the Excise Department have swung into action after the tragedy struck Sangaria, an industrial area of the city, yesterday. Police said two persons have been arrested for selling liquor "illegally" and a huge quantity of liquor (both foreign and country-made), empty bottles and packing material have been seized.
Besides this, a large quantity of country-made liquor were destroyed some areas.
Two persons had died yesterday after consuming alleged spurious liquor at a `dhaba` in Indra Colony in Sangaria.
The post-mortem report of the dead has confirmed consumption of liquor but whether it was poisonous or not will be confirmed only after viscera reports come, police said.
Most of these persons belong to Gadia Lohar tribe settled in the locality and are labourers at the factories nearby.
Local residents allege that cheap liquor is freely available on these street `dhabas` despite a ban on sale of liquor after 8 pm. They also allege that traders are in connivance with some police and excise officials.
The opposition BJP has demanded suitable relief to the victims` families apart from an effective ban of the sale of liquor after 8 pm.
The district administration has already released a relief of Rs 20,000 for next of kin of the deceased.
District Magistrate Siddharth Mahajan said that of these five, two are locals, who have been given the relief amount and one of them belonged to Nagaur district and out of the rest, one each is from Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
The relief amount will be sent to the respective places after the identification of their kin, he added.