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Justice Patra to head one-man Commission on hooch tragedy

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Bhubaneswar, May 5 (UNI) The Orissa government has appointed Justice Prasanna Kumar Patra, a retired High Court Judge, to head the one-man Commission to probe the liquor tragedies in Ganjam district.

Over 40 people were killed and several others admitted to hospitals in two liquor tragedies during March and April in Rambha and Golabandha areas of Ganjam district.

The state government had earlier ordered that a sitting judge of the Orissa High court would probe the tragedy in Rambha that claimed 26 lives between March 16 and 24.

Subsequently, the government decided that judicial inquiry ordered into the Rambha hooch tragedy would also cover the Golabandh tragedy which claimed 13 lives on April 23 and April 24.

Orissa Excise Minister Kalandi Behera had to tender his resignation in the wake of the series of hooch tragedies in Ganjam district on moral grounds.

A gazette notification issued here said the commission would submit the report within three months of the issue of the notification.

The Commission would probe into the sequence of events leading to the consumption of spurious liquor and the consequent deaths.

The Commission would operate from Bhubaneswar as its headquarters and if necessary hold inquiry at Chhatrapur or Berhampur or any other place and suggest remedial measures to be adopted by the government to prevent similar incidents.

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