Uttar Pradesh: 17 people died after consuming spurious liquor in Aliganj area of Uttar Pradesh. Police said that five government employees including 3 of the Excise department have been suspended.
Police said that Netrapal (35), Ramesh Shakya (36), Sarvesh (25), Ateeq (31) and Ram Autar from Luhari Darwaja and adjacent Laukhera village consumed the deleterious liquor late last evening which led to the death.
DIG Govind Agarwal has confirmed the death toll. Charan Singh, Sobaran Singh (60) and Chini (30) died at the district hospital this afternoon, while Vipin (40) died at Agra Medical College.
DM Ajay Yadav said that five more people including Dharampal, Pramod Yadav, Mahipal and Ram Singh were died at the different hospital in the area.
ASP Visarjan Sigh Yadav said the number of persons taken ill was being investigated.
The main accused Shripal has been arrested, said SSP Ajay Shanker Rai.
Locals of the village claimed that 12 other persons were also taken ill after drinking the spurious liquor. Six persons from 12 people lost their eyesight.
A group of agitated locals also blocked the road Etah-Farrukhabad. They kept the dead bodies of Ateeq and Ramesh on the road.
Ajay Yadav who is a District Magistrate said that an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each would be given to the families of the deceased.
In Lucknow, Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal informed Chief Minister of UP Akhilesh Yadav about the incident. He directed Principal Secretary (Excise) and Principal
Secretary (Home) to take stern action against officials found guilty of dereliction of duty.
Singhal directed senior medical officers to reach on the spot and ensure proper treatment of those taken ill.
Kishan Singh Atoria who is a Principal Secretary(Excise) said that taking the incident serious, excise inspector, an excise personnel and a district excise officer have been suspended from their duty with the immediate effect.
Debashish Panda who is a Principal Secretary(Home) said that Circle Officer of Aliganj, namely Asaram Ahirwar and Mukesh Kumar who is a Station House Officer have been suspended on charges of dereliction of duty.
He has also directed the concerned officers to make sure that such incidents are not repeated in future.