Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal — whose Aam Aadmi Party is a part of the opposition in Congress-ruled Punjab — has demanded a CBI investigation into the hooch tragedy within the state which has claimed 86 lives. “The case should be handed over to CBI immediately as none of the illicit liquor cases from the last few months have been solved by local police,” he tweeted.
The deaths on account of spurious liquor began on Wednesday throughout three districts of the state. Sixty-three of the deaths have been reported from Tarn Taran district, 12 in Amritsar and 11 in Gurdaspur’s Batala. On Saturday, 48 extra folks died.
“Saddened by the loss of lives in Punjab due to illicit liquor. State govt needs to immediately take necessary steps to curb such mafias,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted.
Saddened by the lack of lives in Punjab on account of illicit liquor. State govt wants to instantly take crucial steps to curb such mafias. The case must be handed over to CBI instantly as not one of the illicit liquor circumstances from the previous few months have been solved by native police
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 2, 2020
The state authorities has suspended seven officers from the excise division and 6 law enforcement officials.
Altogether, 25 folks have been arrested amid calls for for the resignation of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
Sukhbir Badal, the chief of the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal, referred to as it “murder” perpetrated by the ministers and MLAs of the ruling Congress.
“The hooch tragedy is the direct and natural consequence of the patronage given to Congress leaders, including ministers and MLAs, for freely carrying out rampant illicit liquor trade in the state,” he stated.
“It is a murder, pure and simple. All the guilty, including ministers and ruling party MLAs, be arrested,” he stated.