UP govt to slap Gangster Act on spurious liquor racketeers

Lucknow: Taking a serious view of the spate of hooch-related deaths recently, the state government has decided to slap the Gangster Act on those involved in the illegal trade.

A spokesman on Monday said if any hooch tragedy was reported from any of the districts, action would be initiated against the excise officials concerned in the area.

Four persons had died after consuming spurious liquor in Ghaziabad on February 26.

Earlier on February 16, sixteen people died after consuming spurious liquor in Varanasi district.