Ahmedabad: With the deaths of nine more people on Tuesday, overall, 19 people have died so far after the consumption of country-made liquor in Gujarat’s Botad.
The preliminary investigation by the police and quizzing of some of the guilty parties cleared the air that the deceased had consumed chemicals rather than alcohol by the bootleggers. After consuming the chemicals, they fell ill on Sunday, which took the lives of consumers.
After the probe of the SIT, a company named Emos is said to have supplied methyl, which was added to the liquor and consumed by the victims, taking many lives. Godown manager Jayesh aka Raju delivered methyl in bulk, which was 200 litres, to one of his relatives, Sanjay, worth Rs 60,000.
Sanjay and his partner Pintu ran the business, selling pouches filled with spurious liquor, naming it “country-made alcohol” to customers. After consuming it, 19 people have died, and at least 40 are hospitalized. Some of them are in serious condition and are being treated at different hospitals. Police have nabbed 10 people accused of being involved in this hooch tragedy.
Ashok Kumar Yadav, Inspector General of Police (Bhavnagar range), said a special investigation team (SIT) under a Deputy Superintendent of Police-rank officer has been formed to probe the incident and nab bootleggers who sold the spurious liquor.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is on a Gujarat visit, termed it ‘unfortunate” and said that illegal liquor is being sold in a large quantity in Gujarat. Who sells illegal liquor? They are getting political protection. “The entire matter should be investigated properly,” he said in Porbandar.