Hooch claims seven killed, 10 hospitalized in ‘dry’ Gujarat; 3 bootleggers detained


PTI

Botad (Gujarat), July 25

At least seven people died and ten others were admitted to different hospitals after consuming spurious liquor in Rozid village of Botad district of Gujarat. A senior police officer gave this information on Monday.

Gujarat Director General of Police (DGP) Ashish Bhatia said that the police have detained three liquor smugglers from Botad district, who were allegedly involved in selling spurious country liquor.

Bhatia said, “So far seven people have died due to consumption of spurious liquor, while around 10 others are presently admitted in different hospitals. Three people have been detained by the police for questioning.”

The matter came to light when some residents of Rozid village in Barwala taluka and some other nearby villages were referred to government hospitals in Barwala and Botad towns on Monday morning after their health deteriorated.

Bhatia said two people died in the morning while five others lost their lives during treatment during the day.

Most of the dead are laborers.

Earlier in the day, the victim’s wife, who was undergoing treatment, told reporters that her husband’s condition started deteriorating hours after consuming alcohol in Rozid village on Sunday night.

A Himmatbhai, who is recovering, claimed that at least 15 people fell ill after consuming liquor bought from a bootlegger on Sunday night.

Inspector General of Police (Bhavnagar Range) Ashok Kumar Yadav visited the Civil Hospital in Botad in the evening.

He said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police would be constituted to probe the incident and nab the bootleggers selling spurious liquor.

Describing the incident as “unfortunate”, visiting Gujarat Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that a large quantity of illicit liquor is being sold in Gujarat where prohibition is in force.

He alleged that those selling illicit liquor were enjoying political patronage and demanded an inquiry into the “traces” of money earned by selling liquor.

He said, “It is unfortunate that despite prohibition in Gujarat, huge quantity of illicit liquor is sold. Who are the people selling illicit liquor? They have political patronage. Where does the money (produced by selling illicit liquor) go? Investigation into it.” is needed,” he told reporters in Porbandar.

The Gujarat Prohibition Act, formerly known as the Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949, empowers the police to arrest for buying, consuming or serving liquor without a permit with a jail term ranging from three months to five years. Is. It also imposes a fine on the transportation of alcohol.