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Hooch toll rises to 26, probe ordered

The West Bengal Govt issued orders for an Excise department inquiry and transfer of a police official in connection with the hoonch tragedy in Hyde Road and Kidderpore areas.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2009 23:36 IST

The West Bengal government on Monday issued orders for an Excise department inquiry and transfer of a police official in connection with the hoonch tragedy in Hyde Road and Kidderpore areas even as the death toll mounted to 26 and the condition of three others was critical.

Excise Minister Asim Dasgupta held a high-level meeting today and ordered a departmental inquiry to identify
lapses which led to the deaths since Saturday night.

On the basis of the preliminary report, two Excise department officials had been issued show cause notice,
Dasgupta told reporters.

The officer in-charge of West Port police station has also been transferred.

Dasgupta said six persons have been arrested so far. Joint Commissioner of Police (Administration) PK
Chatterjee said huge quantities of liquor bottles, cans and bladders, were destroyed by the police with help of local people.

Director of Excise and Kolkata Police Commissioner Goutam Mohan Chakraborty would meet regularly as also all DMs and SPs, Dasgupta said. "I have asked them to send me reports every month," he said.