10 dead after consuming spurious liquor in UP

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of each of the deceased. PTI file photo

At least 10 people died and 16 were taken seriously ill after purportedly consuming spurious liquor in Kanpur and its neighbouring Kanpur Dehat district, officials said on Sunday.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of each of the deceased, an official statement said.

In Kanpur district, four people died in the hooch tragedy on Saturday. On Sunday morning, another person died at Lala Lajpat Rai (LLR) Hospital taking the toll to five.

The deceased have been identified as Rajendra Kumar (48), Ratnesh Shukla (51), retired sub-inspector Jagjeevan Ram (62), Umesh (30) and Bhola Yadav (30).

In Kanpur Dehat district, five people died in Matauli, Maghaipurwa and Bhanwarpur villages after purportedly consuming spurious liquor, while seven are undergoing treatment at different hospitals.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Ratan Kant Pandey, said the deceased are Shyamu (40), Chunna Kushwaha (28), Hari Mishra (50) Nagendra Singh (40) and Pankaj Gautam (40).

The seriously ill have been admitted to LLR Hospital and Ursula Horsman Memorial Hospital in Kanpur, and the district hospital in Kanpur Dehat.

Kanpur's SP (rural) Pradyuman Singh had on Saturday said that according to the relatives of the victims, all of them had consumed liquor bought from a government liquor shop.

An FIR under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Excise Act was lodged against Shyam Balak, the license holder of the liquor shop, Kanpur's Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Akhilesh Kumar said.

According to police officials, four people were detained and one has been arrested in connection with the case even as Balak, the main accused, is still on the run.

Police teams have been constituted to nab the culprits.

Irate residents of Maghaipurwa and Bhanwarpur villages in Kanpur Dehat blocked the road by placing the bodies on the road demanding speedy arrest of the accused and adequate ex gratia be provided to the kin of the deceased.

The bodies were sent for post-mortem after District Magistrate Rakesh Singh along with the district police chief reached the spot and assured the protesters of quick action in the case.

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