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Punjab CM orders inquiry after 21 deaths due to spurious liquor

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After 21 people lost their lives after consuming spurious liquor, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incidents. The incidents of death due to the consumption of spurious liquor were reported from Punjab’s Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Batala.

While 21 people have lost their lives, one person who has also consumed the spurious liquor is in critical condition.

Magisterial inquiry to be carried out by Jalandhar divisional commissioner

Notably, the probe into the incidents will be carried out by the divisional commissioner of Jalandhar. The divisional commissioner will be assisted by the state’s joint excise and taxation commissioner and superintendent of police (SP) of the concerned districts.

The chief minister has permitted the Jalandhar divisional commissioner to opt for any civil service or police officer for the probe. The divisional commissioner can also avail the facility of an expert for an expeditious inquiry.

Woman arrested

So far, a woman has been arrested in connection with the incidents. Police have arrested Balwinder Kaur, a resident of Muchhal, under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code. The accused has been also booked under various provisions of the Excise Act.

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Following the deaths, the CM has asked the authorities to launch a crackdown on any spurious liquor manufacturing units operating in the state. The authorities have already formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is probing the matter.

Punjab’s director general of police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta said the first five deaths were reported from Amritsar Rural on the night of July 29. Seven deaths were reported on July 30. Nine deaths were reported on Friday (July 31).

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