New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has hit out at the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh and said that the “nexus” between officials and liquor mafia was responsible for the May 28 Aligarh hooch tragedy. Recently, around 50 people lost their lives in a tragic incident involving the consumption of spurious liquor on two different occasions in the Aligarh district. Officials have estimated that the death count is likely to surge to a huge figure of 100 as autopsy reports of another 50 victims, who are suspected to have consumed the liquor are awaited.
The Congress general secretary in charge of UP took to social media giant Facebook and shared a post which said “over 100 deaths” due to the consumption of spurious liquor were due to the “nexus” between the government and the liquor mafia. “Oxygen was not available in the state, medicines were not available, hospital beds were not available, the businesses of traders were shut, but under the nexus of the administration and the liquor mafia, the liquor business was flourishing,” she said.
In view of the incident, protests were conducted in various places across the state by party workers. “The colleagues in UP Congress today raised their voice against this heinous incident in the entire state and demanded action against those sitting in the government and are responsible for it,” she added.
Police have arrested a man named Rishi Sharma in connection with the case while a further probe is underway. Sharma has been described as the kingpin of the liquor mafia and has his name in 13 different cases connected to the Hooch liquor tragedy. Sharma had been absconding for 10 days before being arrested by police on Sunday, June 6. Police have also arrested Sharma’s wife, son, two brothers and nephew.
(With inputs from PTI)