The hooch toll in Rajasthan rose to 11 with nine more deaths reported on Tuesday, according to Barmer police and district officials.
The incident came to light on Monday when two BSF jawans died in a district hospital in Barmer after reportedly consuming poisonous liquor. At least 14 hooch victims were hospitalised. Out of them, six have been referred to a Jodhpur hospital for critical care, officials said. However, principal medical officer at government hospital, Devendra Bhatia, said till now they had registered about 25 such cases.
Meanwhile, the district excise department has ordered temporary closure of all the liquor shops as a precautionary measure, district excise officer Mohanram Puniya confirmed. Around 11 teams of the excise department assisted by two teams of senior police officials are investigating the matter and tracking the source of spurious liquor. Barmer SP Paris Anil Deshmukh is supervising the investigations. Puniya said the department had seized around 15 cartons of a suspicious whisky brand from Gadara Road. The samples have been sent for lab test.
In the morning, Barmer MLA Mevaram Jain and additional district collector Om Prakash Bishnoi visited the government hospital and took stock of the situation. Jain alleged negligence by the authorities and demanded compensation for the family members of the dead.