Assam’s hooch tragedy toll rises to 143, over 100 taken ill

Following the biggest hooch tragedy of the state, Excise officials launched a massive crackdown on bootleggers and illicit brewers across the state and over 100 cases had been registered.

Published: 24th February 2019 01:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th February 2019 08:19 PM   |  A+A-

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital. (Photo | EPS)

Express News Service

GUWAHATI: The death toll in the toxic country-made liquor tragedy in Assam rose to 143 by Sunday evening. The deaths occurred in Golaghat and Jorhat districts. Over 100 others, taken ill, are admitted at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital and Golaghat Civil Hospital.

Golaghat Deputy Commissioner (District Magistrate), Dhiren Hazarika, said 85 people died so far in the three incidents in the district. Thirty-one women were among the dead.  His Jorhat counterpart, Roshni Aparanji Korathi, said 58 people, including 15 women, died in the few incidents at greater Borhola area in the district.

Country-made liquor seized by
the officials.

The police arrested 20 people in connection with the incidents. Following the biggest hooch tragedy of the state, Excise officials launched a massive crackdown on bootleggers and illicit brewers across the state. Excise officials said over 100 cases had been registered.

The tragedy had first struck the Salmara Tea Estate in Golaghat district on Thursday night when the workers of the garden gathered at a house to celebrate the birth of a baby.

The state government has ordered a probe into the incidents and constituted a committee. 

Two forensic experts, who collected samples of the deadly liquor from the sites, were hopeful that the causes of the deaths could be ascertained by Monday evening. Congress president Rahul Gandhi mourned the deaths.

“The apathy & incompetence of the Assam Govt. has resulted in the tragic deaths of over 140 people with scores of victims in hospital, poisoned by toxic alcohol. My condolences to the families of those who have died. I also pray that those in hospital make a speedy recovery,” he tweeted.

After visiting the survivors, former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi alleged that the BJP government in the state encouraged drinking to generate revenue.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp