20th JUNE 2015 MUMBAI HOOCH TRAGEDY IN MALAD CLAIMS 81 LIVES 31 SERIOUS

20th JUNE 2015 HOOCH TRAGEDY OF MALAD MUMBAI

Mumbai hooch toll rises to 81, 8 policemen suspended

IndiaToday.in  Mumbai, June 20, 2015 | UPDATED 14:11 IST

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The overnight toll in the illicit liquor tragedy in a suburban bar in the financil capital soared to 81 on Saturday morning with the death of 28 more people due to the poisonous brew, officials here said.
Another 31 victims are undergoing treatment in various hospitals, and the condition of at least a dozen is said to be critical.
Police on Friday cracked down on the law enforcers by suspending eight officials, including senior Police Inspector of Malwani police station, Prakash S. Patil, three officers and four constables, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Dhananjay Kulkarni, who is the police spokesperson.
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So far, six people, including a woman, engaged in the bootlegging trade have been caught from various parts of the suburbs while three – Raju Hanumantha alias Langada, Donald Robert and Gautam Arde – were sent to police remand till June 26 on Friday.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered an inquiry into the incident and sought a report within two days, an official spokesperson said.
The victims are from very poor backgrounds, mostly living in Laxmi Nagar slums and employed as low-paying drivers and daily labourers. They had consumed the cheap country liquor at a bar in Rathodi village here on Wednesday night.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria has sought a report on the incident from local DCP and ACP and ordered that the illicit liquor trade must be completely stopped.
This is the second biggest illicit hooch tragedy in Mumbai since December 23, 2004, when spurious liquour claimed 87 lives.
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Mumbai hooch tragedy: Death toll climbs to 66, 31 still hospitalised

Mumbai: The death toll in the illicit liquor tragedy in a country liqour bar in suburban Mumbai shot up to 66 on Saturday morning with the death of 13 more people due to the poisonous brew, officials in Mumbai said.
Another 31 victims are undergoing treatment in various hospitals, and the condition of at least a dozen is said to be critical.

Mumbai Police inspect the location where the alcohol was made. PTI

The toll was 20 on Friday noon, and suddenly shot up to 66 with more people dying at short intervals and more being admitted with symptoms of poisoning during the day.
Police have cracked down on the law enforcers by suspending eight officials, including senior Police Inspector of Malwani police station Prakash S. Patil, three officers and four constables, Deputy Commissioner of Police Kulkarni said.
Three people, identified as Raju Hanumant alias Langada, Gautam Avde and Donald Robert, were arrested for the tragedy as they allegedly transported illicit pouches of liquor from the Vasai-Virar region in adjoining Thane.
They were presented before a Mumbai magistrate who sent them to police custody till 26 July.
Police are on lookout for three other accused, including a woman bootlegger, involved in supplying the poisonous concoction leading to the tragedy.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered an inquiry into the incident and sought a report within two days, an official spokesperson said.
The victims, mostly living in Laxmi Nagar slums and employed as low-paying drivers, daily labourers etc., had consumed the cheap country liquor at a bar in Rathodi village here on Wednesday night.
Since Thursday they started developing symptoms of poisoning, including vomiting, abdominal pain and burning sensation in eyes and sudden collapse.
Their alarmed family members rushed them to local hospitals, but some of them died on way. Many of the victims hail from Gulbarga region of Karnataka.
Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil said Mumbai Police Crime Branch has taken over the probe into the incident.
Teams have been formed to trace the origin of the spurious liquor, those involved in brewing, selling and transporting it and other aspects, officials said.
This is the first major illicit liquor tragedy in Mumbai since December 23, 2004, when hooch claimed 87 lives.
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