Seventeen people died after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Etah in Uttar Pradesh following which five government employees, including three of the Excise department, have been suspended, police said today.
Police said that 14 others are being treated at a medical college in adjoining Saifai.
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.
Five more persons, namely Dharmpal, Pramod Yadav, Mahipal and Ram Singh died at different hospitals in the area, District Magistrate Ajay Yadav said.
Additional Superintendent of Police Visarjan Sigh Yadav said the number of persons taken ill was being investigated.
SSP Ajay Shanker Rai said the main accused Shripal has been arrested.
Locals claimed that 12 other persons were also taken ill after drinking the hooch, out of which six lost their eyesight.
A group of agitated locals also blocked the Etah-Farrukhabad route and kept the bodies of Ateeq and Ramesh on the road.
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SOURCE: NDTV, Arun Nair