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West Bengal: Hooch Tragedy Toll Rises to 167


Bhubaneswar: The death toll in the State’s worst-ever illicit liquor tragedy in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district climbed to 167 on Friday .

A large number of affected people which includes labourers, rickshaw-pullers and hawkers battling for life have been shifted to Government hospitals in Kolkata.

The district officials fear that death toll may go up with a large number of affected people fighting for their lives in hospitals.

The hooch tragedy is the second disaster in the State after the massive fire incident at AMRI hospital that had claimed over 90 lives.

The State Health Department has cancelled the leaves of all doctors and medical staffs to combat the incident.
The State Government has announced Rs2 lakh compensation for the victims, families.

While local people destroyed most of the outlets selling spurious liquor, the police could not arrest Noor Islam Fakir or Khora Badsha, who had been running the spurious liquor industry. However the police has arrested 12 people in this connection.

Meanwhile Mamata Banerjee has ordered a CID inquiry into the incident.