Gujarat hooch tragedy: Death toll rises to 65

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Ahmedabad, Jul 9: At least 17 more people died following consumption of spurious liquor in Ahmedabad. The death toll has rose to 65 on Thursday, Jul 9

According to police, 17 more people died during treatment at various hospitals. Several are still undergoing treatment. The new cases were reported from Odhav and Amaraiwadi during the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, police has detained one suspected bootlegger Harishankar Kahar alias Hariom, who allegedly supplied spurious liquor in the Majoor Gam and Odhav areas where most of the deaths have occurred.

Earlier, the two ACP and four Police inspectors were suspended and transferred in this connection.

Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah said that a probe has been called for. "As far as action taken on authorities is concerned, we have suspended two Deputy Superintendents of Police and four police Inspectors. And senior officers are keeping an eye in all the hospitals where treatment of patients is going on," said Shah.

The Gujarat Government has also announced that a commission headed by a retired High Court judge will probe the incident and the investigations have been handed over to the city crime branch.

Earlier, Ahmedabad had witnessed angry protests by people in the Majoor Gam area where some people fell ill after consuming spurious liquor during a party on Sunday, Jul 5 night.

ANI

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