Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday met households of the hooch tragedy victims in Tarn Taran district and mentioned it was not an accident however “homicide”, for which the culprits can be given strict punishment.
The chief minister mentioned properties of these liable for the “unpardonable act” will even be confiscated.
Singh mentioned the demise toll within the tragedy has risen to 121 with eight extra folks succumbing to spurious liquor in Tarn Taran, taking the fatality depend within the district to 92, whereas 15 have died in Amritsar and 14 in Gurdaspur.
“Nobody concerned can be spared. Whoever is concerned can be given strict punishment as per legislation,” he mentioned whereas addressing households of the victims.
The chief minister, who was accompanied by state Congress president Sunil Jakhar, introduced a rise within the compensation from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased. He introduced a aid of Rs 5 lakh to those that survived the tragedy, however misplaced their eyesight.
Singh additionally assessed the motion taken within the case thus far.
Addressing the households, Singh mentioned the hooch tragedy was “man-made”.
“This isn’t an accident, however homicide. As a result of when somebody makes such a factor (illicit liquor), he is aware of properly that it may be deadly and folks will die. Due to this fact, so far as I’m involved, he’s a assassin,” Singh mentioned.
“Those that have made this and who know folks will die needs to be tried for homicide. Those that do such issues needs to be behind bars” he mentioned, including that many households have misplaced their sole breadwinner within the tragedy.
“It’s laborious to imagine how folks may even consider making such issues (illicit liquor) and never even have worry of God,” he mentioned. Handing over a cheque of Rs 2.92 crore for 92 sufferer households of Tarn Taran to the deputy commissioner, Amarinder Singh mentioned anybody accountable, nonetheless prosperous he may be, is not going to be spared at any price. The chief minister mentioned the investigation into the case is already underway and Director Common of Police Dinkar Gupta has been directed to expedite it.
The chief minister mentioned to make sure that the culprits get exemplary punishment, particular prosecution groups can be deputed to vigorously pursue these instances.
He reiterated his authorities’s dedication to face by the sufferer households on this hour of grief by offering jobs, schooling and different social safety advantages to them.
Earlier, Singh advised reporters that the opposition events have been taking part in politics over the tragedy.
“Politics is being performed even when investigations have simply began,” he mentioned when requested in regards to the Opposition taking names of some members from the ruling Congress in reference to the tragedy.
Earlier in his deal with, Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar hit out on the SAD-BJP alliance for allegedly nurturing the liquor mafia “which in the end led to the tragedy of such a magnitude”.
Jakhar mentioned the tragedy was an end result of legal negligence and deserves exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of this crime.