Ten people have died and 16 were taken seriously ill after drinking homemade illegal liquor in two Uttar Pradesh districts in the last 24 hours, officials said on Sunday.
Six people died in Kanpur Dehat district on Sunday, just few hours after the police busted illegal brew in nearby Kanpur district following deaths in Sachendi village.
The seriously ill were admitted to LLR Hospital and Ursula Horsman Memorial Hospital in Kanpur and the district hospital of Kanpur Dehat.
Victims in both districts were given same batch of contaminated liquor at licensed shops, on which officials said that it required a thorough investigation.
“The excise department is inspecting all liquor shops looking for desi (locally made) liquor sent under batch 442. Liquor of this batch is believed to be poisonous,” Kanpur Dehat district magistrate Rakesh Singh said.
The shop salesman set the liquor stock on fire after knowing about the deaths, alleged the Kanpur Dehat villagers, who demanded arrest of the accused and compensation.
District magistrate Singh and superintendent of police Ratan Kant Pandey has assured the villagers that the action will be taken.
A case was registered against the contractor and the salesman of the shop, Singh said.
An FIR under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the excise act was lodged against the licence holder of the Sachendi liquor shop, Shyam Balak, Kanpur’s senior superintendent of police Akhilesh Kumar said.
Four people were detained and one arrested while Balak was on the run, police said.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of the kin of the dead, an official statement said.
(With agency inputs)