Hooch tragedy in MP’s Morena claims 14 lives; four suspended

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Morena: Police personnel work together with an individual who fell in poor health after consuming suspected spurious liquor, at a hopital in Morena district, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.

A minimum of 14 individuals have died and 20 others fallen significantly in poor health after ingesting what’s suspected to be spurious liquor in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district, a senior police officer mentioned, within the second such incident within the state within the final three months. As per preliminary stories, some residents of Manpur and Pahawali villages in Morena district consumed a white-colored liquor on Monday night time, the officer mentioned. Later, individuals in another close by villages additionally fell in poor health after consuming suspected spurious liquor, he mentioned.

An investigation into the tragedy has been ordered and 4 authorities officers, together with policemen, have been suspended.

“Fourteen individuals have died and 20 others taken significantly in poor health after ingesting suspected spurious liquor (in Morena district),” Deputy Inspector Basic (DIG) Rajesh Hingankar instructed reporters. 

This was the second hooch tragedy in Madhya Pradesh within the final three months. In October, 14 individuals died after ingesting spurious liquor in Ujjain.

The DIG mentioned a case has been registered underneath part 304 (culpable murder not amounting to homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 34 and 91 of the Excise Act.

A couple of individuals have been rounded up for investigation within the case, he mentioned.

The senior police officer from Morena mentioned ten individuals from Manpur and Pahawali villages died on Monday night time. The 4 different deaths have been reported later, he mentioned.

He mentioned those that fell significantly in poor health have been admitted to Gwalior hospitals for therapy.

A autopsy report is awaited to determine whether or not the liquor consumed by the victims was toxic or not, the officer added.

In the meantime, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan termed the incident as “tragic” and ordered the suspension of the Morena district excise officer for negligence. He mentioned stern motion might be taken in opposition to the responsible.

“The Morena incident may be very unlucky and tragic. The investigation of the case is occurring. The District Excise Officer has been suspended for prima facie negligence.”

“As quickly because the remaining details of the investigation come out, whoever is discovered responsible is not going to be spared. We are going to take drastic motion,” Chouhan mentioned in a tweet.

In Bhopal, Dwelling Minister Narottam Mishra mentioned a police official has been suspended following the incident. 

“The incident of deaths attributable to ingesting toxic liquor in Morena may be very unhappy and painful. The in-charge of the police station involved has been suspended. A separate group can be being despatched for investigation,” Mishra mentioned in a tweet.

These accountable for the incident is not going to be spared, he added. The DIG knowledgeable that two extra policemen – a sub-inspector and a head constable – have been additionally suspended in reference to the tragedy.

State Congress president Kamal Nath hit out on the Chouhan-led BJP authorities over the incident.

He alleged that the chief minister has been making false claims about motion in opposition to mafias working within the state.

“Liquor mafia continues to wreak havoc, after killing 16 in Ujjain, now they’ve killed about 10 individuals in Morena. Shivraj ji, how lengthy will the liquor mafia maintain killing individuals like this? The federal government ought to present correct therapy to the sick and assist the affected households in each means doable,” Nath mentioned in a tweet. 

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