86 dead due to poisonous liquor in Punjab, Kejriwal demands CBI inquiry

86 people have died due to drinking poisonous liquor in Punjab. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been asked to hand over the investigation of this case to the CBI. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said that the case should be immediately handed over to the CBI as the number of illegal liquor cases has increased in the last few months. None of these cases have been resolved by the local police. Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party is in opposition in Punjab. Kejriwal tweeted that he is saddened by the deaths in Punjab due to illegal drinking. The state government needs to take immediate steps to curb such mafias.

Police have raided around 100 fake liquor shops in three districts and so far 25 people have been arrested. The state government has suspended seven excise officers and six policemen. The Punjab government has announced a financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to the families of the deceased. Three districts in Punjab were affected by poisoning, with the most deaths occurring in the swimming district, where 63 people died. While 12 people have died in Amritsar and 12 in Gurdaspur.