Mumbai hooch toll rises to 53

CM orders probe; eight policemen suspended

Mumbai hooch toll rises to 53

The toll in Mumbai's illicit liquor tragedy mounted to 53 on Friday, prompting the Maharashtra government to announce a high-level probe into the incident, following which cops launched a crackdown on shady liquor joints.

This is the worst hooch tragedy in Mumbai since the December 2004 incident in which 87 people lost their lives and more than 300 were hospitalised. 

At least 24 people are still in hospital in the current incident, and police officers and
doctors have not ruled out the toll going up further.

Most of the victims are daily wage earners, taxi drivers, truck drivers and construction workers, and a few of them hail from Gulbarga in neighbouring Karnataka.

Despite heavy rain, policemen were seen in the periphery and near the Jurassic Park Resort and Club area and the Laxminagar slums of the Malvani-Malad area of the western suburbs of Mumbai.

Plain-clothes cops have been sent out across Maharashtra and bordering areas of other states to nab those involved in illicit liquor trade.

“I have ordered an inquiry and asked the police to submit report in two days time,” said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday.

On Thursday night, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, also the state excise minister, reviewed the investigations.

24 still ill
“As many as 53 people have died and 24 are still undergoing treatment, and some of them are critical. Investigations are being carried out, and the statements of the victims
and their families are being recorded,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Dhananjay Kulkarni.
 

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