Assam Hooch Tragedy: 80 Tea Garden Workers Dead Due To Toxic Liquor, 300 In Hospital

Assam Hooch Tragedy: 80 Tea Garden Workers Dead Due To Toxic Liquor, 300 In Hospital

Assam Hooch Tragedy: 80 Tea Garden Workers Dead Due To Toxic Liquor, 300 In Hospital 

New Delhi: After the consumption of illicit toxic liquor, at least 80 tea plantation workers have died and nearly 300 have been hospitalised. Earlier, a similar incident had take place in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, in which more than 100 people died from drinking illegally produced alcohol, known locally as hooch or country liquor.

A probe has been ordered by the Assam government into two separate incidents in Golaghat and Jorhat districts.

The cops said that the death toll is likely to increase as more people from a plantation in Golaghat, 310 were taken  to the hospital after they consumed the liquor on Thursday night. The police have also arrested two people, in the matter.

"Doctors from nearby districts and other medical colleges have been rushed in to deal with the crisis," said Assam Health Minister and senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma, after visiting patients at Jorhat. "Every 10 minutes we are getting reports of casualties from different places," he said.

Sarbananda Sonowal, the Chief Minister is expected to reach Jorhat today.

The President of the Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi condoled the deaths on Friday in a Facebook post, saying, "I am saddened by the incident which occurred in Assam's Golaghat area. My deepest condolences to the families of the victims. I hope that those undergoing treatment get well soon."

The police suspects that the liquor was procured late Thursday night from the home of a 65-year-old woman named Dhraupadi Oran and her 30-year-old son Sanju Oran at Salmara tea garden in Golaghat. Both the mother and son have passed away.

In a press statement, Chief Minister Sonowal said that he has ordered an investigation by Upper Assam Division Commissioner Julie Sonowal. The report will submitted in a month.


(With inputs from Reuters)