Tuesday, July 26, 2022

33 people died due to poisonous liquor; incident in Botad district of Gujarat; Adulteration of methanol

Ahmedabad: In Gujarat’s Botad district, 33 citizens have died after drinking fake and poisonous liquor. A senior police officer gave this information on Tuesday.

Gujarat Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia told reporters in Gandhinagar that according to preliminary investigations, some people, including a woman from Botad, mixed ‘methyl alcohol’ (methanol) with water to make fake liquor. This chemical is highly toxic. A case has been registered in this case. He used to sell this liquor to the villagers at the rate of Rs. 20 per small bag. An FIR has been filed in this case.

The blood samples of the deceased showed that they had consumed methanol. Bhatia said that cases have been registered against 14 people. Most of them have been detained. The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and the Ahmedabad Crime Branch are also involved in the investigation.

The incident came to light on Monday morning when some people living in Rozeed village of Botad and other villages in the area were admitted to the government hospital in Barwala area and Botad town after their condition deteriorated. Bhatia said that 33 people have died so far. 22 of them are residents of different villages of Botad district. The remaining six are residents of three villages in neighboring Ahmedabad district. Apart from this, more than 45 people are undergoing treatment in hospitals in Bhavnagar, Botad and Ahmedabad.

A three-member inquiry committee was constituted

Meanwhile, the state government said in a press release that the Gujarat Home Department has constituted a three-member committee headed by senior Indian Police Service officer Subhash Trivedi to conduct a detailed inquiry into the matter.

Political asylum for vendors

Assembly elections will be held in Gujarat by the end of this year. Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arivad Kejriwal, who is on a visit to Gujarat, on Monday alleged that illegal liquor is being sold despite the prohibition of liquor in the state. Alleging that illegal liquor sellers are getting political patronage, Kejriwal demanded an inquiry into the money earned from selling liquor. In a hospital in Bhavnagar, patients in critical condition are undergoing treatment after taking this liquor. He said that he will go to this hospital.

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