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Five Die, Two Critical After Consuming Spurious Liquor in HP's Mandi; SIT Set Up

One of them died at 6.30 am on Wednesday and the other at 9 am. (Image for representation: PTI/File)

One of them died at 6.30 am on Wednesday and the other at 9 am. (Image for representation: PTI/File)

On Monday evening, some people are alleged to have consumed 'Santra brand' country liquor, near Salapper in Mandi district.

Five people have died and two are admitted to a hospital in a serious condition after they consumed spurious liquor in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district, state DGP Sanjay Kundu stated in a press note issued in Shimla. A four-member special investigation team (SIT) headed by DIG (central range) Madhu Sudan and Kangra Superintendent of Police Kushal Chand Sharma, Mandi SP Shalini Agnihotri and Shimla CID SP (Crime) Virender Kalia as its members has been set up to investigate the matter, he added.

On Monday evening, some people are alleged to have consumed 'Santra brand' country liquor, manufactured by VRV Foods Limited in Kangra, and '999 Power Star Fine Whiskey' — made by Empire Alcobrev, Chandigarh — near Salapper in Mandi district, he said. On Tuesday morning, they fell ill. Subsequently, two people were brought to CHC Sundernagar and admitted there.

From CHC Sundernagar, in an incubated condition, they were referred to Medical College, Ner Chowk and one of them was admitted there at 11.30 pm on Tuesday and the other at 2.50 am on Wednesday, he added. One of them died at 6.30 am on Wednesday and the other at 9 am, he said, adding that it was then that the Mandi Police was informed about the deaths.

A total of five people have died so far and two are hospitalised in a serious condition, he added. A first information report under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the Sundernagar Police Station on Wednesday, he said.

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first published:January 19, 2022, 22:05 IST