Latest News Daughter Kamalpreet Kaur (centre) and wife Kulwinder Kaur (right) of Kirpal Singh, who died after allegedly consuming spurious liquor, mourns during the cremation of Singh at Mucchal village near Amritsar, Punjab on August 1, 2src2src.

Daughter Kamalpreet Kaur (centre) and spouse Kulwinder Kaur (proper) of Kirpal Singh, who died after allegedly consuming spurious liquor, mourns through the cremation of Singh at Mucchal village close to Amritsar, Punjab on August 1, 2020.   | Photograph Credit score:

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Chief Minister Amarinder Singh suspends excise and police officers, publicizes compensation

The dying toll within the hooch tragedy in three Punjab districts — Tarn Taran, Amritsar Rural and Gurdaspur — has risen to 86 thus far, mentioned Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday.

The Chief Minister additionally ordered the suspension of, and inquiry towards, seven Excise and Taxation Officers and Inspectors, together with two Deputy Superintendents of Police and 4 Station Home Officer of Punjab Police in reference to the hooch tragedy.

Mr. Singh additionally introduced ₹2 lakh ex gratia compensation to every of the households of the deceased, most of whom are from Tarn Taran, which accounts for 63 deaths, adopted by 12 deaths in Amritsar Rural and 11 deaths in Gurdaspur (Batala.

“Strict motion will likely be taken towards any public servant or others discovered complicit within the case,” mentioned the CM, describing the Punjab Police and Excise Division’s failure to verify the manufacture and sale of spurious liquor as “shameful”. He was talking at a Fb Dwell interplay occasion.

Director Normal of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta mentioned the police on Saturday arrested 17 extra individuals in reference to the case by greater than 100 raids within the three affected districts, together with a number of different locations in and across the Rajpura and Shambhu border.

“The whole variety of arrests within the case has gone as much as 25. A mafia mastermind, a lady kingpin, a transport proprietor, a needed felony and owner-managers of varied dhabas from the place the illicit liquor was being equipped are among the many arrested accused,” mentioned Mr. Gupta.

In keeping with the Excise Commissioner, although reviews of the chemical evaluation of the fabric seized in Friday’s raids had been but to return, a superficial verify confirmed that the fabric was denatured spirit, usually used within the paint and {hardware} industries.