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Spurious liquor claims 21 lives in UP

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 22:30

Bulandshahr/Ghaziabad: At least 21 people,
including a woman, died and over a dozen hospitalised after
consuming spurious liquor in Uttar Pradesh`s Bulandshahr and
Ghaziabad districts, police said on Wednesday.

Eleven hooch deaths occurred in Mirpur Khawjpur village
in Bulandshahr and ten at Simbhavali in Ghaziabad, they said
adding the victims had consumed the illicit brew in the past
two days.

Two of them were blinded after drinking the toxic
liquor, hospital sources said.

A DIG-level probe had been ordered into the deaths in
Bulandshahar while the SHO, in whose jurisdiction the tragedy
happened in Ghaziabad, had been suspended.

All the 11, including a woman, killed in Bulandshahr
were labourers. Seven of them were found dead this morning and
the remaining succumbed in hospital, police said.

The shop from where the victims bought the hooch had
been sealed and its owner taken into custody.

In Lucknow, Home Department sources said an inquiry had
been ordered into the Hooch tragedy in Bulandshahr.

A DIG-level officer would conduct the probe, they said.

In Ghaziabad, ten people died and some 15 hospitalised
after drinking the illicit brew in four villages in Simbhawali
area in Garh Mukteshwar sub-district, police said.

Two of the hospitalised had lost their vision, the
sources said.

District Magistrate R Ramesh Kumar said SHO Om Prakash
had been suspended in connection with the deaths.

This was the second hooch tragedy in the district in
the past five days.

Six people died after consuming tainted liquor in a r
village in Garh Mukteshwar last Saturday.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 22:30

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