At least 11 people have died, including three of a family and eight others hospitalised after consuming suspected spurious liquor in Madhya Pradesh. Eight others who fell seriously ill were referred to Gwalior for treatment. With this, Madhya Pradesh reported second major tragedy from consuming spurious liquor in the last three months.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister told the reporters that the station house officer has been suspended and senior officials have reached the site. He said a team will investigate the matter.
Manoj Sharma, Inspector General of the Chambal Range said eleven people from Morena’s Manpur Prithwi and Pahawali villages have died so far. The police are waiting for the autopsy report to ascertain the actual cause of deaths. Sharma said the police is making efforts to track the source of this liquor and also trying to trace other villages where it may have been supplied.
The police have also identified four suspects involved in the sale of this liquor, which was supplied in the two villages that are 25 kilometres apart. The police is trying to prevent further distribution and sale of the same liquor by tracking and arresting the suspects as early as possible.
Last year in October, more than 11 men, mostly beggars had died after consuming spurious alcohol in Ujjain. Among those arrested were two police constables, one of whom died recently at the Ujjain Central Jail after suffering a heart attack. Also in May, four people died and two others fell ill after allegedly consuming spurious liquor at a village in Ratlam.
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