The number of dead count in the hooch tragedy rose to six with three more dying at Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital in Kanpur, reports SSP Anant Dev Tiwari.
Taking notice of the incident, the state government has placed Rajesh Kumar Mishra, who is a district excise officer, under suspension for his extreme negligence, stated an official release issued in Lucknow.
The SSP reports that around ten people were admitted to the hospital on Saturday after their health badly deteriorated. The health condition of five more people, who were also admitted to the hospital, was reported to be critical, informed Mr. Mishra.
Last week, two died and several others were critical after they reportedly consumed spurious liquor at a marriage ceremony in Bhitargaav village.
On Monday, one died and three more people took their last breath on Tuesday at the hospital, said the newly appointed Ghatampur SHO Harmeet Singh.
District Magistrate Vijay Vishwas Pant has ordered for a magisterial inquiry into the hooch tragedy.
The additional district magistrate (Revenue and Finance) has been ordered to conduct an inquiry and submit the final report within 15 days, he said.
Over 26 teams consisting of administrative, police, food drugs, excise, and administration officials were carrying out a search operation at several places in the district.
On Monday, an immense operation against hooch traders, manufacturers, and suppliers was carried out by police in the suburban area, added Mr. Pant.
Eight people were detained while 12 were taken into custody for interrogation to seek information about those, who are involved in the spurious liquor business.
The district magistrate continues that “the action is being taken to prevent such incidents in the future.”
Earlier, Saar police post-in-charge Devendra Singh, Ghatampur SHO Janardan Pratap Singh, a constable were also placed under suspension, accused of negligence.