9 die after consuming spurious liquor, residents take to streets
Consuming spurious liquor has resulted in the death of nine people in the last three days in Dabri in South West Delhi. On Thursday residents came out on the roads in large numbers and demanded action against suppliers of the adulterated liquor. HT Correspondent reports.delhi Updated: Mar 20, 2009 02:19 IST
Consuming spurious liquor has resulted in the death of nine people in the last three days in Dabri in South West Delhi.
On Thursday alone four people fell victim to the “killer” liquor. The police believe that the toll might rise in the days to come.
Those who died on Thursday were Naveen Kumar (25), Satya Narain (40), Kalu (25) and Naveen (32). Their families said they all died after fighting for their lives for more than 24 hours.
On Thursday residents came out on the roads in large numbers and demanded action against suppliers of the adulterated liquor. They also destroyed hundreds of bottles of spurious liquor sold in the area.
“These liquor suppliers have been killing people for a long time. In this year itself as many as 10 people have died. This has to stop or more people will die,” claimed Ram Phal, a local resident.
Police said the protesters vandalised a house of a suspected spurious liquor supplier and damaged vehicles on Sagarpur Chowk. A large number of police teams had to be called in to bring the area under control.
A few residents of Brahm Puri Colony in Dabri had consumed country made liquor after purchasing it from a local illegal supplying unit. Residents claim nine people have died after consuming this liquor but the police claim they are aware of only four deaths.
The protests also led to massive traffic jams in the area.
Anil Patnaik, another resident, said, “All of them had consumed liquor from the same shop and all of them were poisoned. The police are not taking any action and have not been able to trace the culprit yet.”
Following the incident, Seven police personnel, including the Station Head Officer and Division Officer, of Dabri Police Station were suspended. The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch.