Krishnanagar: Three persons have died and several others have been admitted to hospital after consuming spurious country liquor in Nadia’s Santipur’s area on Wednesday. Thirty others fallen ill in this incident.
According to police, people have been falling ill after consuming the illegally produced liquor since Tuesday. After the news broke, angry villagers ransacked at least 10 hooch-making units and set them on fire.
The incident brought back memories of a hooch tragedy in South 24 parganas Baruipur block in 2011 that claimed 167 lives.
Over a dozen people were said to be in critical condition and some of them were referred to state-run hospitals in Kolkata. At first all were admitted to the Kalna Zilla hospital.
Seven people died and at least 16 were admitted in the hospitals after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in West Bengal’s Nadia district, police said on Wednesday.
“Seven people have been died and 16 hospitalised from the Nrishighapur village. Locals alleged they had consumed hooch, but it can be confirmed only after medical examination,” said a police officer.
The signs of mass illness were reported early on Wednesday after which a team of doctors was sent to the the spot, the officer said.
The state government ordered a CID inquiry into the incident and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.
“Eleven excise officials, including deputy excise collector of Ranaghat range and eight excise constables, have been suspended,” Finance and Industry Minister Amit Mitra told the state Assembly.
Mitra, who also holds charge of state Excise department, said the investigating agency would also probe whether the spurious liquor is being transited into rural Bengal from Bihar and Jharkhand.