Bengali Hunt Desk: The death toll in the state rose to 60 on Saturday after a spurious liquor tragedy, a Punjab official said. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has announced financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to the deceased. Police have so far searched 100 places in the case and arrested 16 people.
As of Friday night, the death toll in Punjab's Taran Taran district was 19. Which has increased to 42 today. Deputy Commissioner of Police Kulwant Singh said 23 new people were killed in Tran Taran district on Saturday. He also said that more people have died in the district headquarters and urban areas.
Apart from Taran Taran district, 11 people have been killed in Amritsar, nine in Batala and nine in Gurudaspur since Friday. According to a senior police official, the families of many of the victims are not coming to file statements. But the police have repeatedly asked for their cooperation.
A police official said most of the families were not coming forward. They do not want any action to be taken. Many are not even doing postmortem again. Meanwhile, Mohammad Isfaq, the district governor of Gurudaspur, said many families were not acknowledging that their relatives had died of poisoning. They say their family has died of a heart attack. Again, many people performed the last rites without informing the police. Police have so far arrested 10 people in the case.