Punjab hooch tragedy: CM suspends 7 excise officials

Amarinder Singh
Senior Congress Leader and Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday ordered the suspension of, and inquiry against, seven Excise and Taxation Officers and Inspectors, along with two DSPs and four SHOs of Punjab Police, in connection with the hooch tragedy, which has so far claimed 86 lives in the three districts of Tarn Taran, Amritsar rural and Gurdaspur.

He has also announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia compensation to each of the families of the deceased, most of whom are from Tarn Taran, which accounts for 64 deaths, followed by Amritsar Rural (12) and Gurdaspur (Batala) (11).

Strict action will be taken against any public servant or others if found complicit in the case, said the Chief Minister, describing the police and Excise Department’s failure to check the manufacturing and sale of spurious liquor as shameful.

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