140 dead in Assam Hooch tragedy, Health Minister says death count changing every minute

The Hush Post|06:18 pm| 1-min-read

An incident took place this Thursday, on February 21 in which the workers at Salmara tea garden in Assam, had consumed toxic liquor. As of now, 140 tea garden workers have died and more than 300 are hospitalized. A similar case happened less than two weeks ago in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh where 100 people died drinking toxic alcohol.

The police has arrested 12 people, including the owner of liquor factory near the tea garden in Jugibaari area.

According to the Assam health minister Himanta Biswa, the death count and the number of people admitted is changing every minute.

When asked about the toxic liquor still being sold, Sarma said, “Patients who had developed complications two-three days ago are coming now. Some who had consumed liquor earlier are coming out of fear after hearing of the tragedy. These people are psychologically in shock and they think they are ill. Also, the doctors from nearby districts and medical colleges have been rushed to deal with the crisis.”

However, the government has announced and ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh for the families of deceased. Also, Rs 50,000 will be given to those who are hospitalized.

Also, the government had ordered a probe. Two excise officials of Salmara area have been suspended for neglect. “We will investigate the incident. The guilty won’t be spared.”, said Golaghat Commissioner Dhiren Hazarika.

Meanwhile, BJP activists attacked a local resident Prabin Das who was heading a committee of demanding prohibition. Prabin Das blamed the state excise department for its failure in checking the manufacture of liquor.

Moreover, a number of women are among the casualties. Many of the deceased were tea plantation workers who had just received their weekly wages.

The death tolls of these two recent incidents are believed to be the deadliest after West Bengal tragedy of 2011.

An incident took place this Thursday, on February 21 in which the workers at Salmara tea garden in Assam, had consumed toxic liquor. As of now, 140 tea garden workers have died and more than 300 are hospitalized. A similar case happened less than two weeks ago in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh where 100 people died drinking toxic alcohol.

The police has arrested 12 people, including the owner of liquor factory near the tea garden in Jugibaari area.

According to the Assam health minister Himanta Biswa, the death count and the number of people admitted is changing every minute.

When asked about the toxic liquor still being sold, Sarma said, “Patients who had developed complications two-three days ago are coming now. Some who had consumed liquor earlier are coming out of fear after hearing of the tragedy. These people are psychologically in shock and they think they are ill. Also, the doctors from nearby districts and medical colleges have been rushed to deal with the crisis.”

However, the government has announced and ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh for the families of deceased. Also, Rs 50,000 will be given to those who are hospitalized.

Also, the government had ordered a probe. Two excise officials of Salmara area have been suspended for neglect. “We will investigate the incident. The guilty won’t be spared.”, said Golaghat Commissioner Dhiren Hazarika.

Meanwhile, BJP activists attacked a local resident Prabin Das who was heading a committee of demanding prohibition. Prabin Das blamed the state excise department for its failure in checking the manufacture of liquor.

Moreover, a number of women are among the casualties. Many of the deceased were tea plantation workers who had just received their weekly wages.

The death tolls of these two recent incidents are believed to be the deadliest after West Bengal tragedy of 2011.

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