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Assam hooch tragedy : Death toll rises to 78

Assam hooch tragedy : Death toll rises to 78

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 23 Feb 2019, 07:31 am

Guwahati, Feb 23 (IBNS): Death toll due to consumption of spurious liquor in Assam’s Golaghat and Jorhat district has gone up to 78.

According to the reports, 45 people including 15 women have died only in Golaghat district, while 33 died at Jorhat Medical College hospital.

Over 100 people have been admitted at Golaghat civil hospital and Jorhat Medical College hospital after they fell ill after consuming spurious liquor at Halmira tea garden area in Golaghat district and Borhola area in Jorhat district.

Meanwhile, Golaghat district police have arrested two persons following the hooch tragedy.

On the other hand, Assam health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday rushed to Jorhat and Golaghat district to take stock of the situation.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has already ordered an inquiry into the tragedy and has instituted a one man inquiry and asked Upper Assam Division Commissioner Julie Sonowal to inquire into the corollaries of events leading to the death of people.

Assam state excise department has also initiated a separate inquiry into the incident and suspended two excise department officers.

(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)