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Evening brief: Tamil Nadu hooch tragedy's death toll crosses 50; Monsoon to cover North West India by July 3, more

Jun 22, 2024 07:04 PM IST

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In Tamil Nadu's Kallakurichi district, the death toll from a hooch tragedy has risen to 53, with many still hospitalized, officials reported Saturday. Chief minister MK Stalin disclosed in the State Assembly that 47 fatalities resulted from consuming methanol-laced illicit liquor on June 19. The incident sparked uproar in the assembly and drew criticism from the Madras High Court, which questioned the government's actions. Amidst opposition outcry, including calls for resignation, Stalin denounced political theatrics and emphasised the gravity of the situation. The state government pledged financial support for affected families, offering educational and hostel expenses for children orphaned by the tragedy. Dig deeper

Kallakurichi: Relatives mourn near the mortal remains of people who died after consuming spurious liquor, in Kallakurichi, Friday, June 21, 2024.((PTI Photo/R Senthilkumar) )
Kallakurichi: Relatives mourn near the mortal remains of people who died after consuming spurious liquor, in Kallakurichi, Friday, June 21, 2024.((PTI Photo/R Senthilkumar) )

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(That’s all we have at this hour in our evening briefing. Catch you tomorrow morning)

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