At least 23 people were killed and many others sickened on Friday due to consumption of spurious liquor in two northern Indian states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh , officials said .The liquor was consumed by people on Thursday night in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand and adjacent Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh .
“ So far 14 people have died because of spurious liquor and many others have been hospitalised , ” Nikita Khandelwal , joint Magistrate Rorkee in Haridwar said .
“ Nine people were killed due to consumption of illicit liquor and 15 others are undergoing treatment , ” A K Pandey, District Magistrate Saharanpur said . .
“ We have directed health officials to provide all possible assistance to the people that have been admitted in hospital because of the tragedy . ”
Officials in both the districts say the death toll is likely to go up in wake of the number of people admitted at the hospitals.
According to officials , the people from two districts have purchased the liquor from a common shop.
Reports said after consuming the liquor on Thursday night the people started vomiting , following which they were rushed to nearby hospitals.
Officials in Uttar Pradesh say it is the second incident of its kind in the state during past two days .
Earlier, eight people were killed due to illicit liquor in Kushinagar district.
“ Eight deaths have been reported due to the consumption of illicit liquor , ” Anil Kumar , District Magistrate , Kushinagar told media .
“ Nine people have been suspended in connection with the case and investigation is on. ”
The death toll in two incidents in Uttar Pradesh alone has gone up to 17 .
The governments in both the states have taken cognizance of the deaths due to spurious liquor .
“ A case pertaining to deaths due to consumption of illicit liquor has been reported in Roorkee .
The government has suspended 13 officers and four police employees associated with excise department , ” a spokesman for Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said .
Meanwhile , Yogi Adityanath , the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has announced a compensation of 2 , 806 dollars ( INR 200, 000 ) to the next of kin of each of those , who died in the tragedy and 700 dollars ( INR 50 , 000) for those taken ill .
“ The Chief Minister has asked Principal secretary Excise department to initiate a departmental inquiry to fix responsibility and ordered Director – General of Police take stern action against the people involved in the sale of spurious liquor , ” a government spokesman said .
Spurious alcohol deaths are often reported in India , where people often drink cheap country made bootleg liquor .
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