21 dead in Punjab from toxic liquor

International Desk
1 August 2020, Sat
Published: 10:04

21 dead in Punjab from toxic liquor

At least 21 people have died in several districts of Punjab in India allegedly after consuming toxic liquor, prompting Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to order a high-level probe. The senior Congress leader later tweeted that the guilty will not be spared.

"I have ordered a magisterial inquiry into suspected spurious liquor deaths in Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran. Commissioner, Jalandhar Division will conduct the inquiry and coordinate with concerned SSPs and other officers. Anyone found guilty will not be spared," Mr Singh tweeted.

A government statement accessed by news agency PTI said the deaths reportedly took place in Amritsar, Batala, and Tarn Taran districts after Wednesday night.

The first five deaths were reported from Mucchal and Tangra villages in Amritsar's Tarsikka on July 29, police said.

On Friday, five people died in Batala; four fatalities were reported from Tarn Taran.

Police have arrested Balwinder Kaur, a resident of Muchhal village, under "culpable homicide not amounting to murder" charge. According to reports, senior officers have reached the spot and are taking statements.

The Chief Minister has given the Divisional Commissioner the liberty to co-opt any civil/police officer or any expert to facilitate the expeditious conduct of the probe, according to news agency PTI reported

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