36 die after drinking spurious liquor in Punjab; CM orders magisterial probe

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered a magisterial inquiry by Divisional Commissioner Jalandhar into the suspicious deaths of 36 people allegedly due to consumption of spurious liquor in Amritsar, Batala and Tarn Taran.

On Friday, five more people died in Batala, taking the toll in the city to seven, while one person has been referred to Civil Hospital, Batala, in critical condition.

However, the inquiry looks into the facts and circumstances leading to incidents, as well as into any other issues connected or relevant to the incidents and the circumstances leading to it.

It will be conducted by Divisional Commissioner Jalandhar, along with Joint Excise & Taxation Commissioner Punjab, and SPs Investigation of the concerned districts, according to an official spokesperson.

The Chief Minister has given Commissioner Jalandhar Division the liberty to co-opt any civil and police officer or any expert to facilitate the expeditious conduct of the inquiry.He has promised strict action against anyone found complicit in the case, in which a woman has so far been arrested.

Taking immediate and serious note of the case, Captain Amarinder also directed the police to launch a search operation to crack down on any spurious liquor manufacturing units that may be operating in the state.

Police have arrested Balwinder Kaur, resident of Muchhal, under the section 304 Indian Penal Code, 61/1/14 Excise Act at PS Tarsikka. Further investigations are in progress under the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by SSP Amritsar-Rural, from where the first cases were reported.

Tarn Taran Police booked two people—Kashmir Singh and Angrej Singh from Pandori Gola village—in connection with the tragedy.

The suspects were charged with culpable homicide, murder bid and criminal conspiracy, besides other relevant sections of Indian Penal Code

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