U.P. CM asks officials to act tough in illicit liquor case

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday ordered officials to seize the properties of those involved in the sale of fake liquor. Four people have died and five were hospitalized in the Phulpur district of Prayagraj on Saturday, allegedly after consuming illicit alcohol.

The properties would be auctioned off and the proceeds would be used to provide support to the families of the victims, the chief minister said.

A government spokesperson said Mr Adityanath had asked officials to book those involved in the sale of fake liquor under the Gangster Act.

Prayagraj District Magistrate Bhanu Chandra Goswami said the deaths took place in Amiliya village. The exact cause would be known after the autopsy on the bodies and laboratory analyzes of the alcohol samples taken from the store.

Seller held

The store seller was arrested, police said.

Mr Goswami said police were probing all angles, including reports that the store had also faced prosecutions for selling illicit alcohol in the past. “All the facts will be revealed,” he said.

Mr Adityanath also ordered officials to settle the issue of liability in the case and take tough action against them.

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