Hooch Tragedy: Death Toll Rises To 82 In UP

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Lucknow: Two more people in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh succumbed at a local hospital after consuming spurious liquor. As per the latest reports, a total of 82 people have fallen victim to this ‘hooch tragedy’ with over 40 being treated at a local hospital in Saharanpur for the same. The deaths have been reported from Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh and from neighbouring Haridwar district in Uttarakhand.

A preliminary police investigation had revealed that people from three to four villages on the border of Haridwar and Saharanpur got together earlier this week for a ‘terahvi’, which is the thirteenth day in the mourning cycle that follows the death of an individual as per Hindu culture.

Director General (DG, law and order), Ashok Kumar had told media outlets yesterday that those affected consumed spurious liquor right after this ceremony. A report by Aaj Tak asserts that “18 of these deaths have been reported from Meerut, 36 from Saharanpur, 20 from Roorkee and 8 from Kushinagar”. Out of these, post-mortems have been conducted for 46 of the deceased individuals. As many as 36 of them have died due to the consumption of spurious liquor as per the post-mortem reports, said a senior official.