38 people killed by drinking poisonous liquor in Punjab, CM orders magistrate inquiry

38 people killed by drinking poisonous liquor in Punjab, CM orders magistrate inquiry

Chandigarh In three districts of Punjab , 38 people died after allegedly consuming poisonous liquor , after which Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. Officials gave this information on Friday. Officials said 19 people died in Taran Taran district, 10 in Amritsar and nine in Batala from Wednesday night after consuming poisonous liquor. Vikramjit Singh Duggal, SSP (Rural), Amritsar , said that Vikramjit Singh, in-charge of Tarsikka police station, has been suspended. The opposition AAP has sought the resignation of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh over the incident . Shiromani Akali DalHas also demanded a judicial inquiry by the current judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court. While conducting the operation on Friday, Punjab Police raided 40 places in Amritsar, Batala and Taran Taran and caught eight people smuggling liquor. DGP Dinkar Gupta said that a woman was caught on Thursday night in Muchhal village of Tarsikka in Amritsar. The DGP said that since the network of spurious liquor was spread over many areas, the death toll is expected to increase. He said further arrests are likely in the case after questioning the arrested people. 

Drums and stored cans were recovered and sent for examination. Earlier in the day, an official statement said that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had ordered a magisterial inquiry by the divisional commissioner of Jalandhar in the case of death allegedly caused by drinking poisonous liquor. The statement said that the investigation will take into consideration the circumstances in which and for what reasons these deaths occurred. The investigation will be done by the Divisional Commissioner Jalandhar as well as the Joint Excise and Tax Commissioner of Punjab and the SP of the respective districts. The Chief Minister has also given permission to the Divisional Commissioner to seek the cooperation of any officer or other expert of administration or police for speedy investigation. The Shiromani Akali Dal rejected the inquiry at the divisional commissioner level and demanded a judicial inquiry from the current judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Aam Aadmi Party said that a magisterial inquiry will not do. Senior party leaders and MLA Aman Arora said that the party demands the resignation of the chief minister. However, Sheila Devi, mother of Bhupinder Singh, who died of drinking alcohol, told reporters in Batala that her son had purchased liquor from a shop in Hathi Gate area. He became unconscious just hours after drinking alcohol. Senior medical officer of Batala Sanjeev Bhalla said that the causes of death will be known only after the post-mortem.