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Killer brew brought from outside?

Vishwa Kundapura

Officials refuse to term it a hooch tragedy


The person who brought the liquor is in hospital

‘Cause of death is yet to be ascertained’




TRAGEDY: Grieving relatives of one of the victims in Kolar district on Friday.

KOLAR: Even as the horrific memories of 2008 hooch tragedy which claimed over two dozen lives still haunt the people, another tragedy hit Kolar district on Thursday. The incident has once again brought to the fore the issue of rampant menace of spurious liquor in the region.

Five people died after allegedly consuming spurious liquor at Ammagaripete village under Rayalpadu police station limits in Srinivaspur taluk of Kolar district on Thursday night. One person is recuperating in Srinivaspur Government Hospital.

The police gave the names of the victims as Narayanswami, Bhajantri Venkataramana, Venkatappa, Kondappa and Venkataramanappa, the last being a resident of Madanapalli in the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

The person who was admitted to the hospital was identified as Thoti Venkataramana.

All the victims who reportedly consumed spurious liquor belonged to the Dalit and backward communities. The bodies of the deceased were shifted to the Srinivaspur Government Hospital for post mortem. Although the spurious liquor took the lives of five workers, officials are not ready to consider this as a hooch tragedy.

“Bhajantri Venkataramanappa, who used to visit Madanapalli to play musical instruments at functions, reportedly brought the liquor from there and it killed five people,” the police sources said.

“In all, six people have consumed the alleged spurious liquor and five of them died while one was admitted to the hospital in serious condition,” they said.

The police said Venkataramanappa, who is recuperating in the hospital, had provided hints in this regard.

“The cause of the deaths of five people is yet to be ascertained as post-mortem has not been completed,” a senior officer in Excise Department told The Hindu on Friday morning.

Claims success

Deputy Commissioner N. Prabhakar too tried to play down the incident. “It doesn’t appear like a hooch tragedy. The people consumed alleged spurious drinks brought from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh,” Mr. Prabhakar told The Hindu.

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