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Barabanki Hooch Tragedy: Death toll mounts to 23

ANI | Updated: May 29, 2019 15:56 IST

Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh)[India], May 29 (ANI): The death toll in Barabanki hooch tragedy rose to 23 on Wednesday.
Many others are admitted to different hospitals for treatment. The case came to light after residents in Ramnagar area of Barabanki district consumed spurious liquor.
Earlier today, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that stern action will be taken against the accused and asked the officials of the excise department to investigate the case.
"I am saddened by the unfortunate loss of innocent lives due to the consumption of spurious liquor in Barabanki. Instructed DM & SP to take all possible measures to nab the culprit and provide assistance to bereaved families. Have asked Pr. Sec. Excise to investigate & take stern action," Adityanath tweeted.
Earlier in the day, the Uttar Pradesh police arrested Pappu Jaiswal, main accused after an encounter here. Besides, police on Tuesday arrested three other accused in connection with the case.
The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for those who lost their lives in the tragedy.
In February, consumption of spurious illegal liquor has claimed the lives of 70 people in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, forcing government officials to launch a major crackdown to nab those responsible for the distribution of illicit liquor in the states and its neighbouring regions. While 13 people lost their lives in Uttarakhand, the death toll in Uttar Pradesh mounted to 56. (ANI)

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