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A continuing tragedy

During the spate of spurious-liquor tragedy which hit Ghaziabad district before the Holi-festival, a total of 22 persons have been declared dead since last week, police figures revealed, reports Peeyush Khandelwal.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2010 00:12 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

During the spate of spurious-liquor tragedy which hit Ghaziabad district before the Holi-festival, a total of 22 persons have been declared dead since last week, police figures revealed.

However, the official figures as per District Magistrate (DM) Ghaziabad stood at eleven deaths till Thursday evening.

DM R.Ramesh Kumar said that no deaths have been reported since yesterday and some of those who have died were due to other ailments and old-age.

“Our official figures are eleven deaths due to spurious-liquor. No deaths have been reported since yesterday. If any, they may be due to other ailments or natural deaths,” DM told HT. However, the police figures received from the police-office stated 22 deaths till Thursday evening and a total of 15 hospitalised at Meerut Medical College for treatment till date. SSP clarified the discrepancies in the death-toll.

“The discrepancies between the two figures could be due to deaths other than the illicit-liquor. They may include those who have died due to food-poisoning, old-age and other ailments,” Senior Superintendent of Police Raghuvir Lal told HT.

In all, the police official figures provided by the PRO, revealed seven deaths in Bahadur Garh, six in Devli, two in Nanpur, three in Bhagwanpur, one each in Lisadi and Dibai and two in Babugarh areas.

DM R. Ramesh Kumar also stated that there was no discrepancy in the ‘Karina’ brand bottles and those which were found used were re-filled and again re-sold by the spurious-liquor mafia to the poor people.

Police Thursday, arrested four persons in connection with the supply of the liquor-tragedy which hit the areas during past six days. “Apart from the four arrests, we are very close to nab the spurious-mafia – Tukki Pandit – who operated this entire gang,” SSP told HT.

Over 250 bottles were also seized from Hapur. The samples were sent for chemical-testing at different laboratories, SP Capt. M.M. Baig told HT.