Ujjain SP and ASP transferred, 2 cops arrested over Ujjain hooch tragedy

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The Ujjain SP and ASP transferred and two cops arrested over the Ujjain hooch tragedy. Representational image.

The Ujjain SP and ASP transferred and two cops arrested over Ujjain hooch tragedy on Sunday. According to sources the state administration on Sunday transferred Ujjain District Superintendent of Police and ASP to Bhopal. The administration took this action following the death of 12 people after consumption of spurious liquor. However, the police arrested two constables for their alleged involvement in spurious liquor sale.

The move to transfer Ujjain District SP Manoj Singh and Additional SP Rupesh Dwivedi came after Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took a serious view of the incident during a review meeting at his residence in Bhopal, a government official said.

As per an order from the state Home department, Satyendra Kumar Shukla replaced SP Manoj Singh. The administration shifted Singh to Bhopal as assistant inspector general at the police headquarters (PHQ). The government has suspended the area city superintendent of police. Besides, the administration also transferred the ASP to the PHQ as assistant inspector general, the order said.

At the review meeting, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Dr Rajesh Rajora, apprised Chouhan of the ground situation. Rajora heads the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is conducting a probe into the incident.

Chouhan asked the officials to check the sale of illicit liquor and other intoxicants. He also asked the officials to deal with such offenders with an iron hand that such incidents shall not recur.

Two police constables arrested

Earlier, the police arrested constables Shaikh Anwar and Nawaz of Kharakuan police station in Ujjain on Saturday for their alleged involvement in the sale of spurious liquor, a police official said.

The police also arrested a doctor, named Junad, and one Irshad, working at the Golden Medical Store in Ujjain, for allegedly making the spirit available to bootleggers and for helping them in their spurious liquor business, outgoing SP Manoj Singh told PTI.

Besides, the government has invoked NSA against three bootleggers – Yunus, Sikandar and Gabbar – who were arrested after the incident, he said.

The victims, mostly beggars or poor labourers, died after consuming spurious liquor here on Wednesday and Thursday last. Following the tragedy the chief minister ordered a high-level probe into the incident.

Singh said, earlier the police had reported 14 deaths in the tragedy. But as per the post-mortem report, only 12 persons died due to the consumption of spurious liquor.

Following the incident, the administration has transferred assistant excise commissioner KC Agnihotri and suspended deputy municipal commissioner Subodh Jain.

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