Lucknow: Three persons died and another fell
ill after consuming spurious liquor in Pratapgarh district
even as a police officer has been suspended in connection with
the incident, a senior official said here Wednesday.
Sheetala Prasad, Ram Sahai (65), Santosh Kumar (28) and
his brother Jeevan Lal (26) were taken ill after consuming
hooch at Muraini village in Sangipur area late last night,
Additional Director General of Police Brij Lal told reporters.
Sheetala, Santosh and Jeevan -- all Dalit labourers --
died in hospital. Sahai is under treatment, he said.
A preliminary investigation revealed that "Sheetala had
purchased five litres spurious liquor from Raja Chauhan of the
same village," Lal said, adding a case has been registered
against Chauhan and his wife Rani.
The duo, however, was absconding after the incident.
"Incharge of Sangipur police station has been placed
under suspension for laxity and stern action would be taken
against him," the officer said, adding the district magistrate
and superintendent of police have reached the spot.