30 die after consuming spurious liquor in Assam

GUWAHATI, FEB 22 (PTI): | Publish Date: 2/23/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

At least 30 people, including seven women, died allegedly after consuming spurious liquor at a tea garden in Assam’s Golaghat district, police said Friday.

Fifty more people are undergoing treatment at various hospitals, a district official said, adding that the toll might increase. 
More than 100 people -- labourers at Salimira tea garden -- are believed to have consumed the spurious liquor, bought from one seller, on Thursday night, BJP MLA Mrinal Saikia said. Police have arrested two people in connection with the event. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Two excise officials of the district have been suspended.
The police said 12 people were declared dead on arrival at Golaghat Civil hospital on Thursday night. Three others died later on Thursday night and 15 more on Friday. Among the deceased, 23 died at Golaghat Civil Hospital and seven at Jorhat Medical College Hospital, officials said.
A doctor attending to the patients at Golaghat Civil Hospital said that the deaths were due to consumption of spurious country liquor and the condition of most of those brought to the hospital was serious.
Expressing concern over the deaths, the chief minister directed Upper Assam Divisional Commissioner Julie Sonowal to inquire into it and submit a report to the government within a month.
Assam Excise Minister Parimal Suklabaidya directed a team of department officials to conduct an inquiry into the incident.
Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi has demanded the resignation of the excise minister and urged the chief minister to provide adequate compensation to the next of the kin of the deceased.
Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi Friday offered condolences to the families of those who died after consuming spurious liquor in Assam’s Golaghat district. 
“I am saddened by the incident which occurred in Assam’s Golaghat area. My deepest condolences to the families of the victims. I hope that those undergoing treatment get well soon,” Gandhi said in a Facebok post.

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