Spurious liquor kills 69 in Assam, Probe on
The deaths come less than two weeks after more than 100 people died after drinking bootleg alcohol in UP, Uttarakhand
Dispur: Sixty nine tea garden workers died after consuming spurious liquor in Golaghat and Jorhat districts of Assam on Thursday night, with 39 deaths reported from Golaghat district alone.
However, the locals claim the figure could be more than 80.
Another twenty are said to be critical and have been admitted to Jorhat Medical College Hospital and at the Golaghat Civil Hospital. The deaths come less than two weeks after more than 100 people died after drinking bootleg alcohol in northern India.
According to locals, the workers at Salmara tea garden had consumed the liquor on Thursday evening and four women died soon after. In the next 12 hours, eight more deaths were reported. The toll has now touched 69.
Police have arrested the owners of the illegal country-made liquor factory in Jugibaari area near the garden. The accused have been identified as Indukalpa Bordoloi and Deba Bora. Police are on the lookout for more persons involved in bootlegging spurious liquor.
While the Assam Government has initiated a probe into the matter, the Opposition is pressurizing the Government to announce compensation for the families of the victims.