98 people died! Quick cremation, afraid to report death…The fake liquor case in India is not easy
On August 2, the death toll from the fake alcohol case in Punjab in India rose to 98. The 25 suspects involved in the case have been arrested by the police.
Police said the death toll may rise in the next few days. Some families cremated their bodies shortly after their relatives died after drinking fake wine, and some of their bodies still need to be examined; some families are afraid to report the death of their relatives due to the fear of local gangsters. The police have been persuading them to report the truth.
The Chief Minister of Punjab Singh (Amarinder Singh) has ordered a thorough investigation of this fake alcohol case. Once the criminal evidence is established, no one is allowed to lenient loans.
On August 1, Singh removed seven tax officials and six police officers. He said the failure of the police and tax authorities to perform their duties and the proliferation of fake alcohol was”shameful”. The state government has announced a pension of 200,000 rupees (approximately RMB 18,600) for each family of the deceased.
The opposition party held a local protest, criticizing the government for its indifferent to the suffering of the people, and protesting against government officials’ malfeasance that caused this tragedy. According to reports, most of the victims of this fake liquor case are the poorest local people.
In rural India, there are often cases of illegal businessmen peddling fake alcohol leading to poisoning deaths. Such fake alcohol is often blended with industrial alcoholclass="entity-word" data-gid="1126881"> span>, it can be as cheap as 10 rupees per liter (about RMB 9 cents). Although the Indian government has repeatedly banned the sale of fake alcohol, the lack of supervision and the collusion between gangs and officials behind the incident have repeatedly banned such incidents.
Source:CCTV News Client Xinhuanet of China Central Radio and Television Station