Death toll in spurious liquor tragedy rises to 86 in Punjab; ED begins probe

The death toll in Punjab’s spurious liquor tragedy has risen to 86. Tarn Taran alone accounted for 63 deaths, followed by 12 in Amritsar and 11 in Gurdaspur’s Batala. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh suspended seven excise officials and six policemen. Among the suspended officials are two deputy superintendents of police and four station house officers. State government also announced a compensation of 2 lakh rupees for each of the families of the deceased.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has begun investigations into the Majha tragedy. ED has stated collecting information about the financial transactions by those named or booked in the case. The recoveries and assets of the key accused need to be thoroughly probed.

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