At least 12 people were killed and several others were taken ill after consuming spurious liquor in Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki. The incident was reported from Ramnagar area of the district on Monday. Four of the victims belong to one family.
All the victims had purchased liquor from a government outlet leased to one Danvir Singh and minutes after consuming the same, they complained of loss of eyesight.
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Sources said that Danvir Singh was selling spurious liquor from the government outlet and owned an illicit liquor factory.
All senior officials of the district have reached the hospital and investigations into the matter have begun. Sources said that the amount of spirit in the liquor was much above permissible limits.
The locals belonging to Raniganj and adjoining villages were taken ill after consuming liquor on Monday night and rushed to Ramnagar Community Health Centre (CHC), police said.
Among the victims are three brothers, Ramesh, Mukesh and Sonu and their father Chhotelal. All four died after consuming the spurious liquor. Ramesh's wife Ramavati told reporters that there is no male member left in the family even to carry out the last rites of the four victims.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken a serious view of the incident and Inspector Ramnagar and circle officer Pawan Gautam have been suspended. An inquiry has also been ordered into the incident.
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