At least 26 people have died in 2 districts of Uttar Pradesh in last 72 hours after drinking spurious liquor. 18 people have died in western Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district whereas 8 deaths are reported in Eastern UP’s Kushinagar district. The number of deaths will go up, officers said.
In Saharanpur, the UP Police claims the liquor was smuggled from neighbouring Uttarakhand by a villager, who then distributed it to others.
In Kushinagar, the liquor is believed to have been brought in from the province, according to government officials.
An official inquiry has been ordered by the state government into the deaths.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has also ordered the suspension of many policemen and Excise Department officers. the govt has also launched a 15-day joint operation of Excise Department and UP Police to take action against spurious liquor operatives, said officials.