Ahmedabad: Hooch tragedy occurred in “dry” Gujarat. It is surprising, but reality can’t be denied. The death toll has been increasing due to a spurious liquor tragedy that took place in Botad district and adjacent villages of Ahmedabad. At least 37 people have lost their lives due to the consumption of chemicals, as reported on Tuesday.
The police and other state government agencies are probing the matter and launching a state-wide crackdown on liquor hideouts in ‘dry’ Gujarat.
As per the report, several people are being admitted to hospitals. The conditions of some of the victims are serious. At least 88 patients—73 in Bhavnagar and 15 in Ahmedabad—are being treated. However, the maximum number of deaths—24—occurred in Botad district.
Director General of Police (DGP) Ashish Bhatia said the liquid in the seized pouches contained nearly 99% methanol, which was stolen from a chemical factory in Ahmedabad. The godown manager supplied bootleggers in the affected villages. The guilty parties mixed the chemical with water, which turned into a fatal combination.
Overall, three FIRs have been registered, one each in Barwala, Ranpur, and Dhandhuka, in which 14 names were mentioned. The police have nabbed eight, including prime accused Jayesh Khavadiya, the godown manager. All the culprits have been booked under the relevant sections of the IPC and Prohibition Act.