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Punjab counterfeit liquor tragedy: Toll rises to 62 as 23 extra casualties reported from Tarn Taran

Chandigarh: The loss of life toll within the Punjab counterfeit liquor tragedy rose to 62 on Saturday as 23 extra casualties had been reported from the bellow’s Tarn Taran district, officials mentioned.

Till Friday night, the district had reported 19 deaths.

“In Tarn Taran, the loss of life toll has reached 42,” Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh suggested PTI on Saturday, including that the utmost deaths took scheme within the Sadar and city areas of district.

Other than Tarn Taran, the authorities had reported 11 casualties in Amritsar and nine in Gurdaspur’s Batala since Wednesday night.

A senior police official mentioned families of several victims had been now not coming forward to sage their statements nonetheless they persuaded them to create so.

“A majority of the families had been now not coming forward and did now not need any motion. A few of them are now not even getting the put up-mortem done,” mentioned a police official.

In the intervening time, Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ishfaq mentioned some families hang refused to accept that their kin died after ingesting counterfeit liquor.

“The wards of about a of these who died are now not accepting that they died thanks to counterfeit liquor. They are asserting their household member died of coronary heart assault,” mentioned the DC.

Tarn Taran DC Kulwant Singh mentioned some families had even cremated the bodies without informing police.

Till now, police hang arrested 10 folks in connection with the case.

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