Bhopal/Morena: At least 11 people have died and eight others have fallen seriously ill after consuming suspected spurious liquor in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district, police said on Tuesday.
As per preliminary reports, some villagers consumed a white coloured liquor, Morena superintendent of police Anurag Sujania said.
“On Monday night, eleven people from Manpur and Pahawali villages died after consuming suspected spurious liquor,” he said.
Eight others fell seriously ill and they were referred to Gwalior for treatment, he said.
The postmortem is underway and whether the liquor was poisonous or not will be ascertained after the autopsy reports come, the official said.
State home minister Narottam Mishra said a police official has been suspended following the incident.
“The incident of deaths caused by drinking poisonous liquor in Morena is very sad and painful. The in-charge of the police station concerned has been suspended. A separate team is also being sent for investigation,” Mishra said in a tweet.
Those responsible for the incident will not be spared, he added.
State Congress chief Kamal Nath hit out at the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led state government over the incident.
“Liquor mafia continues to wreak havoc, after killing 16 in Ujjain, now they have killed about 10 people in Morena.
“Shivraj ji, how long will the liquor mafia keep killing people like this? The government should provide proper treatment to the sick and help the affected families in every way possible,” Nath said in a tweet.
He alleged that the chief minister has been making false claims of taking action against the ‘mafia’.