Mandi hooch tragedy: Poisonous Liquor was recovered from valid liquor vends

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Shimla, Mar 8
Seven people died after consumption of spurious liquors and investigation found that this liquor was recovered from valid vends stated Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister in the state assembly on Tuesday. Replying to a query of Jagat Singh Negi, CM Jai Ram Thakur said that including from Nareti vend of Shahpur police station in Kangra district and Tarakwadi vend of Hamirpur district, this liquor was also being secretly sold illegally from dhabas and shops etc as country liquor called ‘Santra’ VRV Fools Ltd. brand which was confiscated after the tragedy. He said that although it is possible to sell illicit liquor in various ways, it was the valid vends from which this liquor was recovered.
Chief Minister said that till Feb 1, 2022, seven people died in the state due to consumption of spurious liquor, the matter is still under investigation. He said that the deceased had bought this poisonous liquor from National Highway, Salapad, Dhabas and shops located near Mandi. Thakur who also holds the portfolio of Home said that only after the results of the forensic analysis of the seized liquor could the presence of toxic elements, be revealed. Chief Minister said that a viscera report of the deceased’ confirmed the presence of methyl alcohol.
He said a total of 36 people involved in illegal liquor business have been arrested in the state so far., Out of 36 people arrested 13 people have been found involved in manufacturing this liquor. He said that factories were used for manufacturing illicit liquor in Hamirpur district and Gujarhati at Nalagarh of Solan district. Replying to another query of Rajinder Rana of Congress Chief Minister said that the government is going to implement a ‘Trace and Track system’ for the prevention of spurious and adulterated liquor in the state. Thakur said that tenders were invited by the government and online bids were received from Telecommunication M / s Consultants India Limited ( TCIL ) (the lead bidder ) and its consortium partner M / s C – Tel Infosys.

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