Three persons died and another fell ill after consuming spurious liquor in Pratapgarh district even as a police officer has been suspended in connection with the incident, a senior official said here on Wednesday.
"Sheetala Prasad, Ram Sahai (65), Santosh Kumar (28) and his brother Jeevan Lal (26) were taken ill after consuming hooch at Muraini village in Sangipur area late last night," Additional Director General of Police Brij Lal told reporters.
"Sheetala, Santosh and Jeevan -- all Dalit labourers -- died in hospital. Sahai is under treatment," he said.
A preliminary investigation revealed that "Sheetala had purchased five litres spurious liquor from Raja Chauhan of the same village," Lal said, adding a case has been registered against Chauhan and his wife Rani.
The duo, however, was absconding after the incident.
"Incharge of Sangipur police station has been placed under suspension for laxity and stern action would be taken against him," the officer said, adding the district magistrate and superintendent of police have reached the spot.