Updated: August 1, 2020 4:48:18 pm
The demise toll within the Punjab hooch case rose to 64 on Saturday, with 42 of the casualties reported at Tarn Taran alone, officers mentioned.
Till Friday evening, the district had reported 19 deaths. Apart from Tarn Taran, authorities have confirmed 11 casualties in Amritsar and 9 in Gurdaspur’s Batala since Wednesday evening.
A senior police officer instructed information company PTI that households of a number of victims weren’t coming ahead to document their statements, and have been “refusing to just accept” that spurious liquor had killed their kin. Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ishfaq was quoted by PTI as saying: “The wards of a few of those that died usually are not accepting that they died due to hooch. They are saying their member of the family had a coronary heart assault.”
Tarn Taran DC Kulwant Singh mentioned some households had even cremated the our bodies with out informing the police.
On Friday afternoon, a Punjab authorities press word mentioned that useless in these circumstances is not going to be cremated with no autopsy.
So far, round 10 folks have been arrested within the case, mentioned the police, together with seven bootleggers from Amritsar, Batala and Tarn Taran in over 40 raids performed by 5 groups on Friday.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.
The Divisional Commissioner, Jalandhar, will conduct the inquiry, together with Joint Excise & Taxation Commissioner Punjab, and SPs (Investigation) of the districts involved, in line with a state authorities spokesperson.
According to the police, the primary 5 fatalities have been reported from Mucchal and Tangra villages in Amritsar on the intervening evening of Wednesday and Thursday. On Thursday night, two extra folks died below suspicious circumstances in Muchhal, and one individual died at Sri Guru Ram Das Hospital in Amritsar after being shifted from Tangra. Batala too had reported two fatalities linked to consumption of illicit liquor on Thursday.
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