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Uttarakhand illicit liquor deaths: Main accused arrested in Roorkee

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Roorkee, Feb 11: Haridwar police has arrested main accused Sardar Hardev and his son Sukka in Jhabrera in connection with the deaths that occurred due to consumption of illicit liquor in Roorkee.

Uttarakhand illicit liquor deaths: Main accused arrested in Roorkee (Representative image)

Death toll due to consumption of illicit liquor in Roorkee touched 32 on Saturday.

Total 31 liquor traders have been arrested in connection with the deaths that occurred due to consumption of illicit liquor. 509 quarters of country-made liquor and 91 litres raw liquor has been seized from them, said an official.

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Uttarakhand government has suspended 13 employees of Excise Department including the Excise Inspector of Roorkee region after 70 people lost their lives following the consumption of spurious liquor in the state and Uttar Pradesh.

A show cause notice has also been issued to the higher officials of the Enforcement Wing of Excise Department for dereliction of duty. A magisterial inquiry has already been initiated in the hooch tragedy.

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