Panel Setup on Hooch Deaths in Surat

A three-member committee has been set up to inquire into the hooch tragedy at a village near Surat that saw 18 persons lose their life in separate incidents.

The three-member panel, headed by Additional Director General of Police (Law & Order) V.M. Parigi, and comprising Prohibition & Excise Department Director B.K. Kumar, and Forensic Science Laboratory Director M.S. Dahiya, have been asked to submit their report on the Vareli incident in three days.

According to Surat Collector, nine persons had died in the last three days at Vareli and primary medical reports suggested that they died due to consumption of some kind of a poisonous substance like methyl alcohol (which is often found in spurious liquor).