Assam hooch tragedy toll touches 133, CM announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the victims’ families

Assam hooch tragedy toll touches 133

Guwahati,
Feb 24 (IANS) The death toll in the Assam hooch tragedy increased to 133 on
Sunday, with over 200 people hospitalized in Golaghat and Jorhat districts,
authorities said.

Toll was
confirmed by Senior Police officer

The toll was
confirmed by Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mukesh
Agarwal, who added that 10 people have been arrested in connection with the
sale and manufacture of the illicit liquor known as ‘Sulai mod’ in Assamese.

“We
have sent liquor samples to the forensic science laboratory and a report is
awaited,” he said.

90 cases registered
for unauthorized sale and production of hooch

Meanwhile,
an Excise Department official said that a total of 90 cases have been
registered regarding the unauthorized sale and production of hooch and also for
violating the excise law.

“We
have seized and destroyed 4,860 liters of illegal liquor since February
22,” he said.

CM Sonowal
visited the Jorhat Medical College

Chief
Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday visited the Jorhat Medical College and
Hospital to check on the victims undergoing treatment.

He also
announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the victims’ families and Rs 50,000 to the
people undergoing treatment.

The tragedy occurred after a large number of people consumed the spurious liquor on Thursday night at the Salmora tea estate in Golaghat, 300 km from here, and at two remote villages in Titabor sub-division of Jorhat district.

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