‘State Govt Is Responsible As They Are Crafting The Business Of Liquor’

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Bardhaman: In a programme of BJP Mahila Morcha at Bardhaman, State Mahila Morcha President Locket Chatterjee has criticised the Trinamool-led state government for the hooch tragedy which claimed seven lives in Shantipur of Nadia district.

Chatterjee has blamed the irresponsibility of the ruling party government. She said that, “Intentionally govt is keeping busy with people with illegal addiction. Administration is not active when it is being supplied to the people. They are providing the poisonous liquor to the common people.”

She alos attacked TMC on hindering BJP’s Rath-Yatra by the purification rally of TMC. Trinamool Congress will lead the rally in the same route BJP has provided.

The death toll in Nadia Hooch tragedy arises to eleven on Thursday morning. The state government ordered a CID inquiry into the incident and details on whether the victims consumed country liquor can be confirmed only after chemical examination, he said in the assembly premises.

Eleven excise officials, including the present Shantipur officer-in-charge (excise), his immediate predecessor, the deputy excise collector of Ranaghat range and eight excise constables, have been suspended, he said.

“The government wants to send a strong message that those responsible for the incident will not be spared,” Mitra said.

He announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. The CID investigations would also be able to throw light on whether the spurious liquor is being smuggled into rural Bengal from Bihar and Jharkhand, he said.

Nadia District Magistrate Sumit Gupta put the number of people who fell ill at 44 and said they were admitted at Kalna and Shantipur hospitals.

The condition of some of them are stated to be critical, hospital sources said. Gupta said he was monitoring the situation at the hospital along with the local sub-divisional officer, block development officer and district chief medical officer (health).

The incident happened at Nrishinghapur village under Shantipur police station area of the district early on Wednesday, police said.

Locals said a majority of the dead and the sick were brick-field labourers and alleged that the spurious liquor was brought from nearby Kalna in Burdwan district.

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