January 9, 2009

Two more hooch deaths in city, toll rises to 28

Kolkata, Jan 6: Two persons died after consuming spurious liquor in New Market area today as the number of hooch deaths in the city rose to 28.Police said two persons died at state-run hospitals after consuming spurious liquor in New market area, three day after the hooch tragedy in West Port area which claimed 26 lives.
Sada Mallick and Rongila Hela, two sweepers of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, consumed the brew at a den on Marquis Street and fell ill.While Sada, admitted to Sambhunath Pandit Hospital today died later, Rongila, who was admitted with vomitting symptoms at another state-run hospital yesterday, succumbed this afternoon.
The deaths took place barely three days after the hooch tragedy in the West Port police station area, just a few kilometres away from New Market, where 26 persons died in past couple of days, with the condition of three more stated to be critical.
In the Port area local people destroyed huge quantities of liquor bottles, cans and bladders and razed to ground hooch dens.West Bengal Finance and Excise Minister Asim Dasgupta has ordered a departmental inquiry to identify lapses which led to the deaths in port area since Saturday night.

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