Etah: Nine persons died after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Aliganj area here following which five government employees, including three of the excise department, have been suspended, police said today.
Locals claimed that 12 other persons were also taken ill after drinking the hooch, out of which six lost their eyesight.
Several people from Luhari Darwaja and adjacent Laukhera village consumed the liquor late last evening which led to the death of Netrapal (35), Ramesh Shakya (36), Sarvesh (25), Ateeq (31) and Ram Autar, police said.
Charan Singh, Sobaran Singh (60) and Chini (30) died at the district hospital this afternoon, while Vipin (40) died at Agra Medical College. DIG (Range) Govind Agarwal has confirmed the toll.
Additional Superintendent of Police Visarjan Sigh Yadav said the number of persons taken ill was being investigated.
Meanwhile, a group of agitated locals blocked the Etah-Farrukhabad route and kept the bodies of Ateeq and Ramesh on the road.
District Magistrate Ajay Yadav said an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh each would given to the families of the deceased and added that stern action would be taken against the liquor mafia.
SSP Ajay Shanker Rai said an FIR has been registered against the main accused Shripal.
In Lucknow, Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal apprised Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of the incident.
He directed Principal Secretary (Excise) and Principal Secretary (Home) to take stern action against officials found guilty of dereliction of duty.
Singhal directed the senior officers to reach the spot and ensure proper treatment of those taken ill.
Principal Secretary (Excise) Kishan Singh Atoria said, “Taking serious note of the incident, district excise officer, excise inspector and an excise personnel have been suspended with immediate effect.”
Principal Secretary (Home) Debashish Panda said Circle Officer Aliganj Asaram Ahirwar and Station House Officer Mukesh Kumar have been suspended on charges of dereliction of duty.
He has directed the officers to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in future.