BHOPAL: At least eleven persons have allegedy died after consuming suspected poisonous liquor in two villages of Morena district. Close to 10 more people have been hospitalised in Morena and adjoining Gwalior district.
The deaths happened in two villages of Morena district, including Manpur Prithwi village of Bagchini police station area and Pahawali village under Sumaoli police station area.
Hooch tragedy in Madhya Pradesh. At least 10 people dead and equal number hospitalized after consuming poisonous liquor in Manpur Prithvi and Pahawali villages of Morena district. The deceased include two brothers also. @NewIndianXpress @TheMornStandard pic.twitter.com/9Fd4rtJbFY— Anuraag Singh (@anuraag_niebpl) January 12, 2021
According to Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Chambal Range Manoj Sharma, ten people from both villages have died so far and ten others hospitalised after consuming countrymade liquor.
“We are awaiting for the autopsy of the bodies to ascertain the actual cause of deaths,” Sharma said.
According to reports from Morena district, a few people had fallen ill after consuming countrymade liquor in Manpur Prithwi village two days back.
With the condition of the affected villagers worsening they were rushed to the Morena district hospital,. Some of them were referred to Gwalior after their condition dteriorated further.
The decased include two brothers, Bunty and Jitendra Gurjar, and their uncle, Ramniwas Gurjar, who hail from Pahawali village.
The deceased are aged between 23 and 55 years. This is the second major hooch tragedy in Madhya Pradesh within three months.
Earlier in October 2020 more than eleven men, mostly beggars and daily wagers had died after consuming poisonous liquor in Ujjain.
Those arrested in that case, include two police constables, one of whom died recently at Ujjain Central Jail due to heart attack.
Four suspects identified
According to IG Chambal Range Manoj Sharma, four key suspects who were involved in sale of the liquor have been identified. The source of the liquor, distillery of local manufacturing base, is being traced and efforts are on to trace other villages where the same liquor would have been supplied.
“We are trying to prevent further distribution and sale of the same liquor by tracking and nabbing the suspects as early as possible. Only after the autopsy reports are out, will we be able to ascertain whether the liquor was actually poisonous or not,” Sharma has said.