Assam Hooch Tragedy: Stolen methanol used in toxic country liquor
GUWAHATI: In February, 168 people in Golaghat and Jorhat died due to the consumption of spurious liquor. It has been found that methanol stolen from a tanker spilled into the toxic country liquor, according to a report by The Hindu.
A chargesheet filed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the State police that filed a complaint against 41 people stated this news. This chargesheet was presented before the court of the chief judicial magistrate in Golaghat on May 30.
The chargesheet mentioned that the methanol was looted from a tanker carrying it from a distillery at Khatkhati near Nagaland border.
The SIT probe also found that victims suffered from optic nerve damage, blurring, loss of vision, excessive sweating, restlessness, abdominal pain, vomiting etc.
According to authorities, 15 people were found responsible for the hooch tragedy and have been charged under Sections 120B, 328 and 304 of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 55 of the Assam Excise Act.
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