Death toll in UP-Uttarakhand hooch tragedies reach 97

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Lucknow, Feb
10 (IANS) The death toll in the twin hooch tragedies in Uttar Pradesh and
neighbouring Uttarakhand has increased to 97, with over 200 people arrested in
a police crackdown, officials said on Sunday.

A total of
64 deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh — 54 in Saharanpur district and 11 in
Kushinagar.

Saharanpur
District Magistrate Alok Kumar Pandey told IANS that of the 46 post-mortems
conducted so far, 36 were confirmed to have died due to the consumption of
spurious liquor.

Meerut
Superintendent of Police (SP) Ranvijay Singh said 14 people undergoing
treatment at the Meerut Medical College, were in serious condition.

Meanwhile,
32 deaths were also reported in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, according to Excise
Department officials

The Uttar Pradesh victims had visited Balupur in Roorkie, Uttarakhand, on February 7 for a funeral after which they consumed the illicit liquor, police sources said.

In the
police crackdown, 9,269 litres of hooch was seized in Uttar Pradesh while 1,066
litres was recovered in Uttarakhand.

A total of
215 persons have been arrested in Uttar Pradesh, while cases against 297
persons have been filed. Forty-nine cases have been registered in Uttarakhand.

The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a magisterial enquiry into the tragedy and many officials of the police and the Excise Department have been suspended.

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