Hooch tragedy: Death toll climbs to 70 after deaths in Haridwar, Saharanpur

Yogi Adityanath Orders Drive Against People Involved In Illicit Liquor Trade

23 die, scores sick after consuming fake alcoholic drink

As the death toll in the hooch tragedy that hit Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh rose to at least 77, the Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday arrested 175 people in possibly the biggest crackdown yet on those involved in manufacture and sale of bootleg liquor.

In the adjoining Saharanpur, 46 others who had come to the district, after drinking the spurious liquor in Balupur on Thursday, are also dead. Uttar Pradesh officials said 35 of the Saharanpur deaths took place in the district itself. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.

"About 38-40 persons were still in hospital and undergoing treatment but they are said to be out of danger", Rautela added.

"In the post-mortem report, the cause behind the death of two people was not clear so the viscera sample has been sent to Varanasi for a chemical test to ascertain the cause of death".

An average of 1,000 people die in India every year after consuming illegally brewed alcohol, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. The victims had consumed liquor on Thursday evening at a tehravin - the 13th day of mourning to mark a death - unidentified officials said.

Officials in Uttar Pradesh say it is the second incident of its kind in the state during past two days. They have also announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of those killed. "On returning home, they distributed those packets among other villagers", Sharma said.

Twenty-two people were admitted to hospitals in Saharanpur but were in stable condition, Pandey said. Up to late Friday night, 16 people had died in Haridwar and 18 more in Saharanpur.

At least 39 people have died and another 27 have fallen sick from drinking cheap liquor containing toxic methanol in several villages in northern India.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered departmental action against district excise officers of Kushinagar and Saharanpur, the state government said. Four excise officials were suspended in Kushinagar as well.

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