Bangalore, May 22 (UNI) Janata Dal (Secular) today urged Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur to invoke provisions of the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act to punish those responsible for the death of over 135 people in the hooch tragedy in the state.
Speaking to newsmen here, JD (S) leader M C Nanaiah alleged that innocent people were killed by the brew following dereliction of duty of officials including police and the excise departments. It was unfortunate that the Excise Commissioner and the Joint Excise Commissioner in charge of Enforcement Wing had still not resigned owning moral responsibility, he pointed out.
Replying to questions, he said the killer brew was supplied with the connivance of the department officials. Both the sellers and the officials in charge of jurisdictional areas where the tragedy occurred should be brought to book. If need be, the government should also look into the involvement of any political leader and also initiate action against him too as per the provisions of the Act, he suggested saying that the Act was clear in this regard which suggested a death penalty or life imprisonment for such "inhuman and mass killing" of innocent people.
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