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Five more die, Barmer hooch toll reaches 16

jaipur Updated: Apr 08, 2016 19:28 IST
Mukesh Mathrani
Mukesh Mathrani
Hindustan Times

The victims of hooch tragedy undergo treatment at Barmer district hospital.(HT Photo)

The hooch toll in Barmer district rose to 16 with five more deaths, including that of a BSF personnel.

Forty-eight people are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Barmer and Jodhpur.

Sources in the Border Security Force said Mukhtyar Singh, a resident of Narnaul in Haryana, died while undergoing treatment in Jodhpur on Tuesday night.

Singh is the third BSF personnel to succumb to hooch poisoning after Tapan Das and Bhal Singh. The trio belonged to BSF’s 63rd battalion. Tapan Das and Bhal Singh died on Monday at a government hospital in Barmer.

Hanumaram Lakahara, a resident of Bishala, died in Jodhpur on Tuesday late night.

On Wednesday evening, Suresh Jogi passed away at his home in Bishala village after his health worsened.

Another Bishala resident Derawar Singh died on Tuesday night at a private hospital in Gujarat’s Deesa.

Read: Police, excise team busts hooch unit in Jaisalmer

Barmer MLA Mevaram Jain confirmed the deaths in Barmer and added that a resident of Bola village, Virdha Ram, had died on Sunday after consumption of spurious liquor.

On Thursday, revenue minister and minister in-charge of Barmer district Amra Ram Choudhary met victims of hooch tragedy at a district hospital – four days after the tragedy.

Choudhary said he was busy in attending meetings at Jaipur but kept in touch with district authorities and directed them to take immediate action.

Choudhary added that chief minister Vasundhara Raje and the state government took prompt action.

“We have ensured that people are warned about consequences of consumption of spurious liquor. An independent probe has been ordered into the matter,” said the minister.

Choudhary then handed out cheques of Rs 75,000 as compensation announced by the government to family members of the deceased at Bishala village.