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,
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.
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
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.
have seized and destroyed 4,860 liters of illegal liquor since February
22,” he said.
visited the Jorhat Medical College
Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday visited the Jorhat Medical College and
Hospital to check on the victims undergoing treatment.
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.