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District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar along with other senior administrative and police officials arrive for inspection after a hooch tragedy in a village. (PTI)
District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar along with other senior administrative and police officials arrive for inspection after a hooch tragedy in a village. (PTI)

Madhya Pradesh hooch tragedy: Death toll rises to 24, govt probe panel in Morena

  • At present, 15 people are undergoing treatment in different government hospitals in Morena and Gwalior after consuming spurious liquor

At least 24 people have died after drinking what is suspected to be spurious liquor in Madhya Pradesh's Morena district. This was the second hooch tragedy in Madhya Pradesh in the last three months.

In October 2020, around 14 people died after drinking spurious liquor in Ujjain.

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At present, 15 people are undergoing treatment in different government hospitals in Morena and Gwalior after consuming spurious liquor, Deputy Inspector General, Chambal Range, Rajesh Hingankar told news agency PTI.

"The death toll is 24 now as four more persons died after consuming spurious liquor," he added.

Some residents of Manpur and Pahawali villages in Morena consumed a white-coloured liquor on Monday night. Later, people in some other nearby villages also fell ill after consuming spurious liquor, police had said.

A three-member team headed by Additional Chief Secretary Rajesh Rajora reached Manpur village on Thursday to conduct an investigation into the incident.

The other members of the committee are the Additional Director General of Police (CID) A Sai Manohar and Deputy Inspector General Mithilesh Shukla.

The Madhya Pradesh government has removed the entire staff of Bagchini police station on charges of negligence in duty, an official said.

Morena's Sub-Divisional Officer of Police Sujit Bhadira has also been suspended by the government, he said.

The government on Wednesday transferred Morena's collector and superintendent of police.

B Karthikeyan has now been appointed as the new collector of Morena and Sunil Kumar Pande will be the district's new SP, the official said.

Police have registered a case against seven people in connection with the incident on the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and under the Excise Act, and declared a reward of 10,000 each for their arrest, an official earlier said.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday termed the incident as "painful" and said a campaign should be launched against illegal liquor sale in MP.

With agency inputs

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