Death toll touches 110 in Assam’s hooch tragedy

The death toll in Assam’s hooch tragedy touches to 110 this evening, even as more than 200 remained hospitalised in critical condition. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased while the ones getting treated at the hospital will receive Rs 50,000 each.

The government announced that the next of kin of the victims will be given Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia and the other affected people will get Rs Rs 50,000. Government said that at least seven people have been arrested in the Golaghat and Jorhat in connection with the case. The Excise Department of Assam has, meanwhile, destroyed nearly 15,000 litres of liquor across the state.

The incident took place in Assam’s Golaghat district, where reportedly, spurious liquor was consumed by people in the Salmora Tea Estate on Thursday night. CM Sonowal has   ordered an investigation by Upper Assam Division Commissioner Julie Sonowal into two separate incidents in Golaghat and Jorhat districts. The report will submitted within a month’s time.

The forensic investigation team is engaged in investigating poisonous liquor in Jorhat. Meanwhile, Assam Pradesh Congress President and Rajya Sabha MP Ripun Borah attacked the Sonowal government and demanded the resignation of Excise Minister Parimal Shukla Bedi. Borah also insisted on having at least three officers as part of the inquiry committee.

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