Assam hooch tragedy: 22 dead, 40 hospitalised, two officers suspended

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Locals said that, at least 62 people, mostly tea garden labourers, fell critically ill after consumed hooch and had to be hospitalised. On Thursday evening, four critically ill women died at the hospital and today (February 22), 18 more deaths were reported.

Locals said that, at least 62 people, mostly tea garden labourers, fell critically ill after consumed hooch and had to be hospitalised.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On Thursday evening, four critically ill women died at the hospital
  • Forty people are currently undergoing treatment at hospitals in Golaghat and Jorhat
  • Locals alleged that the illicit liquor was supplied from outside and some excise department personnel were also involved

At least 22 people including 11 women have died and 40 others hospitalised after allegedly consuming illicit liquor in a tea garden in Assam’s Golaghat district.

The incident took place at Halmira tea garden area, about five kilometres from the district headquarters.

According to reports, the victims belonged to the Halmira tea garden area and were admitted to the hospital after taking ill since Thursday (February 21) evening.

Locals said that, at least 62 people, mostly tea garden labourers, fell critically ill after consumed hooch and had to be hospitalised.

On Thursday evening, four critically ill women died at the hospital and today (February 22), 18 more deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, 40 people are currently undergoing treatment at hospitals in Golaghat and Jorhat.

Locals alleged that the illicit liquor was supplied from outside and some excise department personnel were also involved.

“Several tea garden labourers have died after consuming illicit liquor. The government, excise department always says that they will ban illicit liquor, but they don’t,” a local resident said.

Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has ordered an inquiry into the tragedy.

While expressing concern over the deaths caused by alcohol poisoning in Golaghat district, Sonowal asked Upper Assam Division Commissioner Julie Sonowal to enquire into the matter.

The Assam CM also asked Minister Topon Kumar Gogoi, MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa and MLA Mrinal Saikia to assess and contain the situation.

Meanwhile, the state excise department suspended two department officers and initiated a departmental probe.

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