One more dies in Batala hooch tragedy,toll increases to 18

August 11, 2012 12:18 AM

By Pardeep Luthra
GURDASPUR: With the death of one more person at village Kandial, the death toll due to the consumption of poisonous liquor mounted to 18.

Ved Parkash(32) resident of village Kandial under Sadar police station died last night.

This dead body of the deceased was brought to civil hospital, today morning where the doctors conducted his postmortem.

Family members of the deceased told Ved Parkash had consumed hooch from Kutbi Nangal on Wednesday morning but after some time, he started feeling irritation in eyes, he lost his eye vision and died late on Wednesday night.

It is learnt that two persons had already died while consuming hooch in the Kutbi Nangal village on wednesday.

When contacted SMO, Civil Hospital Batala, he told that they had sent the Visra of all these persons to Chemical Analyzer and Histo-pathology department, who will ascertain the exact cause of death.

Meanwhile, congress MLA's Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa meet the aggrieved families at village Baleywal and Johal Nangal and assured that they will bring the entire matter into the notice of local MP, Partap Singh Bajwa seek financial help of the victim's family.

Talking to media persons, the congress leaders blaimed the civil and police administration behind these 18 deaths. They told that though the first death of Sulakhan Masih, resident of Johal Nangal, was reported on August 6 at 9 AM on but none of the doctor and any other employee of the health department turned up at the spot till Tuesday afternoon, which resulted into 17 deaths.

"If the civil administration had announced warning in the near by villages and the health department had taken timely action in this regard, the death toll might be avoided" they added.

In this regard, SSP, Batala, Rajpal Singh Sandu told that the police was working round the clock and raiding all the possible hideout of the accused. He further told that one of the prime accused Kamla, who had allegedly sold hooch to the people of Baleywal was already convicted in more than 10 cases. He further told that during preliminary investigations, the police was looking for person identified as Lovely, resident of Shampura, one of the prime accused in the case.

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