Death toll in UP, Uttarakhand hooch tragedy mounts to 97

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Lucknow: The death toll in the  hooch tragedy has mounted to  97 in Uttar Pradesh even as over 200 people are arrested in this connection, officials said on Sunday.

Most people in Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring Uttarakhand have died after consuming spurious liquor.

Authorities said of 64 deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh, 54 in Saharanpur district and 11 in Kushinagar.

Saharanpur District Magistrate Alok Kumar Pandey told reporters that of the 46 post-mortems were conducted so far. He said 36 were confirmed to have died due to the consumption of spurious liquor.

According to Meerut Superintendent of Police (SP) Ranvijay Singh 14 people were undergoing treatment at the Meerut Medical College and they are critical.

Excise officials said 32 deaths were also reported in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

The incident occurred when people from Uttar Pradesh visited Balupur in Roorkie, Uttarakhand, on February 7 for a funeral after which they consumed illicit liquor.

Reports said police have seized 9,269 litres of hooch in Uttar Pradesh while 1,066 litres recovered in Uttarakhand.

A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the tragedy and many officials of the police and the Excise departments were suspended.

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