11 labourers died after consuming spurious liquor ‘Potali’ in a span of 24 hours in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain district. Police have arrested 10 persons in connection with the death of 11 labourers, so far. Moreover, the administration has suspended four police officials in this case.
Those suspended include station in-charge of the Kharakuan police station, where the incident took place. Sikandar, Gabru and Yunus, who produced the drink and sold it to local labourers, are among the arrested.
The police found bodies of two labourers at Chhatri Chowk Sarai under the Kharakuan police station on Wednesday morning. Soon after, the police recovered more dead bodies and by Thursday morning, the number of victims rose to 11. The police sent the bodies of all the deceased for autopsy.
Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Mahavir Khandelwal claimed that all eleven died after consuming ‘Jhinjhar Potali’, a local intoxicant.
Meanwhile, SP Ujjain Manoj Kumar Singh also confirmed the death of the 11 labourers after taking spurious intoxicants.
However two other persons had fainted after consuming the intoxicant and have been hospitalised.
SIT to probe death of labourers
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in a law and order review meeting on Thursday, ordered a Special Investigative Team (SIT) probe into the incident. He affirmed that people responsible for the death of these labourers would be punished. Chouhan asked the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) to submit a probe report into the matter.
Chief Minister Chouhan ordered the police to dismantle the nexus engaged in selling intoxicants in the state. He said, there is no place for criminals in the state, and affirmed stern action on unlawful elements.
However, the city administration cracked down on pharma stores selling spirit illegally including Khanna Surgical Store and Gupta Surgical Store in Ujjain’s Dawa Bazaar area.
Former chief minister Kamal Nath, while attacking the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in the stated, asked; “How long will the liquor mafia continue to claim innocent lives in the state?” He demanded help for the victims, and punishment for the guilty.
Nath also formed a team of three MLAs — Mahesh Parmar, Murli Morwal and Manoj Chawla – to probe into the matter. Our government had crushed liquor mafia in Madhya Pradesh. But, as soon as we lost power, the BJP government activated the liquor mafia and is sheltering them, he alleged.