According to a senior official, at least 12 persons died and 14 others became ill in three villages in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district after reportedly drinking counterfeit whiskey purchased from two government-approved alcohol outlets on Friday. In Karsua village, four persons were detained, including a vendor, manager, salesman, and assistant, while three excise department officers were suspended for negligence that led to the crime.
A police team has been formed to apprehend people engaged in the booze supply, according to Aligarh district magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh. He claimed that two liquor outlets owned by the same licensee in the villages of Kursua and Andla had been sealed because those who died had purchased alcohol there.
“All of the defendants have been charged under the Gangster Act, and the National Security Act (NSA) will be used against them,” says the superintendent of police Kalanidhi Nathani.