Guwahati: The death toll in the poisonous liquor tragedy in Jorhat and Guwahati districts of Assam has increased to 85, while 340 people are undergoing treatment in hospitals. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal met the victims in Jorhat Medical College Hospital (JMCH) and announced to give Rs two lakh each to the relatives of the deceased and Rs 50 lakh each to the unhealthy people.
Congress demands resignation from Excise Minister
CM Sonowal said that the culprits will not be spared. On the other hand, in Assam, the opposition Congress accused the BJP government that adequate steps were not taken to prevent the sale of illegal liquor. Congress demanded resignation from Excise Minister of the state.
According to the police, 12 people have been detained for questioning in Golaghat. Two people were arrested on Friday in this case. According to officials of Health Department, 46 people died in Jorhat Medical College Hospital. 35 people died in Golaghat civil hospital, while four people died in Teetabore sub-divisional hospital.
Assam Health Minister Hemant Vishwa Sharma said that doctors from Assam Medical College Hospital, Guwahati Medical College Hospital and Tezpur Medical College Hospital, Sonitpur district of Dibrugarh district were sent to Jorhat and Golaghat hospitals to provide medical care to the affected people in large numbers. Can go. The minister said that apart from Anup Barman, Director of Medical Education, Assam’s Health Director and Director of National Rural Health Mission is in Jorhat to monitor the services being provided to patients.
Will be able to provide the best medical treatment to the sick people- Sharma
Sharma said, “Hopefully, we will be able to provide the best medical treatment to the sick people. The doctors, nurses and staff of both hospitals are providing the best medical care to the patients … At the moment, the main focus is on how best treatment should be provided to the affected people.
Given the situation due to poisonous liquor in Jorhat, the hospital authorities have asked to limit the number of people recruited with other complaints so that the maximum number of people ill after drinking poisonous liquor can be adjusted there. Hospital authorities have been asked to provide food and other facilities to the people who came to care for poisonous alcohol sufferers.
Psychologically shocked people – minister
When asked if the poisonous liquor is being sold, because fresh cases are coming up, Sharma said, “The patients who had suffered two to three days earlier are now coming. Some people who had previously drank, they are coming for treatment due to fear of hearing the news of the poisonous liquor incident. These people are psychologically in shock and therefore they feel they are sick. ”
Assam Chief Minister Sonowal ordered the inquiry of Additional Assam Divisional Commissioner of the incident on Friday. They have been asked to report one month. On the question of how the incident happened, Sharma said that it will come out when the investigation is completed. State Excise Minister Parimal Suklabaidi instructed a team of officials of the department to investigate the incident.
Officials said that two officials of the Excise Department have been suspended. Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident. They accused the BJP government of Assam not taking enough steps to stop the sale of illegal liquor.