Punjab hooch tragedy: death toll rises to 86, seven excise officers, 6 cops suspended

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If any public servant is found involved in the case, then strict action: Amarinder Singh (file photo)

Chandigarh:

In Punjab, the death toll in the Punjab hooch tragedy rose to 86 on Saturday. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh (CM Amrinder Singh) has suspended seven excise officers and six policemen in this case. Officials gave this information. He said that the government has announced a compensation of two lakh rupees for the families of the deceased.

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Poisonous liquor has led to 63 deaths in Tarn Taran in Punjab, followed by 12 in Amritsar and 11 in Gurdaspur's Batala. In the tragedy that started on Wednesday night in the state, 39 people died till Friday night.

According to an official statement, the chief minister has ordered the suspension of seven excise officers along with six policemen. The suspended officers include two Deputy Superintendents of Police and four police in-charge.

The Chief Minister said that if any public servant or others are found involved in this case, strict action will be taken against them. He said that the failure of the police and excise department to stop the production and sale of poisonous liquor is shameful.

Video: 86 people die due to poisonous drinking in Punjab

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