UP hooch toll hits 87; families to get 5 lakh aid | India News

AGRA: Did 87 people die in the villages of Aligarh after consuming toxic alcohol? The district administration on Tuesday announced that these many bereaved families will be given a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each. The deaths had begun on Friday last week with 14 reported cases first, but bodies started piling up at the district hospital almost by the hour after that, rising steadily to 25, 36, 55 and then 87.
District magistrate CB Singh said, “Compensation will be given to the families of all the suspected hooch death victims whose viscera have been preserved and sent to the forensic science laboratory for analysis.”
Chief medical officer (CMO) BP Kalyani said that post-mortem examinations on 87 people have been done so far. “Results of 35 have come,” the CMO told TOI.
The CMO added that another 29 people are in hospital undergoing treatment. “While 17 are admitted at Varuna Trauma hospital, 12 are in Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College,” he said.
Unlike in many other hooch tragedies, this time the deadly concoction was being sold at government-sanctioned liquor vends. The administration has cancelled the registration of 16 liquor shops, said sub-divisional magistrate (Koil) Ranjeet Singh. Police have arrested 33 people, including main accused Vipin Yadav.

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