Six people aged between 30-35 years from Bahadurgarh area of Ghaziabad died after consuming denatured spirit. As many as 17 others have been hospitalised, police officials said on Saturday.
According to police, the denatured-spirit—an important ingredient in country made liquor—had been brought in from Meerut to manufacture liquor before the Holi festival.
“The victims apparently wanted to taste the liquor while it was still being made. As a result of consuming the poisonous liquid, two people died on Friday. Two others died on Saturday evening after having consumed the liquid. Around
17 people have been admitted to various hospitals at Hapur and Garh,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Raghuvir Lal said.
Around 300 litres of the substance was recovered till Saturday afternoon during the raids conducted by the police and administration officials.
The victims’ family members said the victims were mainly farmers.
Police said a case has been registered in this connection at the Bahadur Garh police station and Meerut police officials have were working jointly to nab the culprits and check the spread of liquor in other areas, police said.
Chatar Singh and Satish Kumar—the two persons who are allegedly involved in procuring the liquid—are absconding and a manhunt has been launched to find and arrest them, police said.
“A police sub-inspector and a head-constable have been suspended late on Friday evening in this connection,” SSP said.