Chandigarh: At least 31 people have died in Amritsar, Batala and Tarn Taran districts of Punjab due to alleged consumption of spurious liquor. 11 people have died in Amritsar, 7 in Batala and 13 in Taran Taran. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered a magistrate inquiry under the leadership of the Jalandhar divisional commissioner on Friday.
An official statement said that the Commission of Inquiry is investigating the causes and circumstances of the accident as well as the circumstances related to any other related issue or incident.
An official spokesperson said, “The divisional commissioner of Jalandhar will jointly investigate the matter with the Joint Excise and Taxation Commissioner and SP (investigation) of the respective districts.”
The Chief Minister has given liberty to the Commission of Inquiry to conduct an early investigation by taking help from any civil, police officer and any expert. He said that strict action will be taken against the culprits.
Taking the matter seriously, Amarinder Singh has directed the police to launch a search operation to clamp down on the liquor manufacturing units operating in the state.
Police arrested Balwinder Kaur in Tarsikka village of Amritsar district in the Hooch tragedy case.
Sharing the details of the case, Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta said that the first five deaths occurred on the night of 29 June from Muchhal and Tangra villages of Amritsar rural area.
On the evening of 30 July, two more persons died in suspicious circumstances in Muchhal, while one person was hospitalized in critical condition, but later succumbed at Sri Guru Ramdas Hospital.
Later, two other deaths were reported from Muchhal, while two others died in Batala town due to alleged alcohol consumption.
With five more dead in Batala on Friday, the total number of cases in the city has gone up to seven, while one person has been referred to the Civil Hospital in Batala in critical condition.