13 more people died on Saturday after drinking poisonous liquor in Tarn Taran and Amritsar in Punjab. Earlier, 49 people died on Thursday and Friday. In this way, the death toll due to illegal drinking in three districts of Punjab has increased to 62. On Saturday, a drunk man died in Mucchal village of Amritsar, 12 people died in Tarn Taran. This incident has stirred the state. So far 42 people have died in Tarn Taran district, 12 in Amritsar district and 8 in Batala in Gurdaspur district.
In Punjab, the death of these people has been heated amid the political tussle over the sale of illicit liquor during the lockdown. Let us tell you that on Friday, 42 people died due to drinking poisonous liquor in three border districts Tarn Taran, Amritsar and Gurdaspur. Tarn Taran had the highest number of deaths at 30, 8 at Batala (Gurdaspur) and 4 at Amritsar.
Seven people died in Amritsar on Thursday. On Saturday, 13 more people died. In this way, 62 people have died in 10 villages and two urban areas in two days. The condition of many people is still critical. Most of the people who die are laborers. The number of dead can increase. Although the government has so far confirmed 38 deaths.
Details of Liquor
The liquor that killed people in Tarn Taran was prepared in Pandori Gola, a village in Khadur Sahib. It was sold illegally to other villages. The village is infamous for smuggling illegal liquor. At the same time, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday submitted a judicial inquiry into the incident to Divisional Commissioner of Jalandhar, Raj Kamal Chaudhary, and sought a report in three weeks.
The Joint Excise and Taxation Commissioner and the Superintendents of Police of the respective districts will also be involved in this investigation. Apart from this, SIT has also been formed in Batala and Amritsar.
A Total of Eight People have been Arrested so Far.
Vikram Singh, the suspended SHO (station in-charge) of Tarsika police station in Amritsar, was detained on Friday. He is accused of not taking action despite the complaint. At the same time, Balwinder Kaur, a woman selling liquor of village Muchhal, was arrested and a case was registered against her under sections 304 (culpable homicide) and Excise Act. Five people were also detained in Pandori Gola village of Tarn Taran. These include two smugglers Amarjeet Singh and Baljeet Singh.
The accused have admitted that they used to consume alcohol, datura and urea in large quantities to prepare alcohol. The liquor smuggling wires in Batala are connected to the village Haruwal. Police have taken custody of a woman and her two sons from Elephant Gate area by registering a letter against unknown people. The woman said that a person doing vegetable work in her locality sells illegal liquor.
Significantly, this belt is notorious for illegal country liquor. There have been many cases of illegal liquor found in small ponds here. Tarn Taran Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh Dhuri said, “We are investigating where and when the supply of liquor has taken place.”
30 People’s Residence
The 30 people who died in Tarn Taran are residents of Naurangabad, Mallamohari, Kakka Kandiyala, Bhullar, Bachade, Alavalpur, Jawanda, Kalla and Pandori Gola. These include the father-son of the village Mallamohari. The dead included elderly people ranging in age from 22 years to 60 years. At the same time, there have been deaths due to poisonous liquor at Muchhal village in Amritsar and Elephant Gate and Kapuri Gate in Batala.
Last Rites Performed without Informing Police
The relatives of more people who died in Tarn Taran cremated the bodies without informing the police. Four families have also cremated the bodies in Batala. The condition of two patients in Batala and Amritsar is critical. Investigations have been started in the civil hospital Tarn Taran and Guru Nanak Dev Super Specialty Hospital in the possession of the bodies of eight people who died during the treatment. A few days ago, three people died in Rataul village of Tarn Taran in the district, while a villager lost both their eyesight.
These Five Questions Arose
– How was the supply of liquor in 10 villages and two urban areas simultaneously?
– Alcohol which was used in liquor was was supplied from?
– Three days ago three people died in Tarn Taran. Why did the police not act sternly after this incident?
– In this belt many times, illegal liquor consignments have been caught from Chappad in past, but why there was no ban in the construction?
– Illegal kilns are operating in villages. Why police is not taking any action?
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