130 die in India after drinking toxic alcohol

26 February, 2019, 09:06 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Assam Hooch Tragedy 69 Tea Garden Workers Dead After Consuming Spurious Liquor

"The apathy and incompetence of the Assam government has resulted in the tragic deaths of over 140 people with scores of victims in hospital, poisoned by toxic alcohol", he alleged in a tweet. At least 200 others - 17 of them critical - are still being treated at hospitals across the state, news agency AFP quoted police as saying.

"A total of 85 people died in Golaghat district after consuming spurious liquor..."

Most of the patients have been admitted to Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH).

Golaghat deputy commissioner Dhiren Hazarika said about 80 deaths have so far been reported from the district. Before going to Golaghat Hospital, angry people raised slogans against the Minister. "From the prima facie symptoms it can be said that all of them are suffering from poisoning caused by methyl alcohol", said Uttam Dutta, superintendent of SKKCH.

Meanwhile, a massive crackdown has been launched in Assam to check manufacturing of illicit liquor in the aftermath of the tragedy.

"We shall not spare anyone involved in the manufacture and distribution of the tainted liquor", minister Sharma said.

Sonowal announced a monetary compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those who fell ill.

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The death toll is likely to increase further, officials said.

Death toll in the Assam hooch tragedy continued to rise on the third day, going up to 145 on Sunday.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday expressed condolences in a Facebook post saying, "I am saddened by the incident which occurred in Assam's Golaghat area".

The first cases, reported Thursday evening, indicated most victims were tea garden workers, said Manoj Baruah, an official in Jorhat, the other district where cases were reported.

In addition, the director of medical education, Anup Barman; directors of health department of Assam; and the National Rural Health Mission will be stationed in Jorhat city to supervise and coordinate services being provided to patients, the minister said on Saturday.

State police said they had arrested one man for selling the liquor, and authorities said two excise department officials were suspended for failing to take adequate precautions over the sale of the alcohol.

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