Tamil Nadu Hooch disaster: Death toll climbs to 47, three suspects remanded to 15-day judicial custody

In Kallakurichi, Tamil Nadu, 47 people lost their lives after consuming illegal alcohol, sparking protests by AIADMK lawmakers in the state assembly. Chief Minister MK Stalin declared compensation, and three suspects were detained in judicial custody. The government started a court investigation, as the BJP demanded a CBI investigation, claiming misconduct in governance. Victims were treated at various medical facilities throughout the area.

Jun 21, 2024 - 15:10
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Tamil Nadu Hooch disaster: Death toll climbs to 47, three suspects remanded to 15-day judicial custody

Tamil Nadu Director of Medical Education Sangumani on Friday said that 47 people have lost their lives after consuming illicit liquor in the Kallakurichi district of the State.

Meanwhile, the second day of the Tamil Nadu Assembly Session began in Chennai on Friday with a ruckus as AIADMK legislators sporting black clothes raised slogans inside the House over the hooch tragedy in Kallakurichi.

Appavu, the Speaker, instructed the Assembly's watch and ward staff to remove AIADMK MLAs from the Assembly hall.

The state Assembly session yesterday concluded with honoring the individuals who lost their lives due to consuming illicit alcohol in Kallakurichi. The lawmakers also honored 17 former lawmakers and the current DMK MLA Pugazhenthi, who had died. They also honored those who lost their lives in the Kuwait fire, including seven individuals from Tamil Nadu. Appavu, the Speaker of the State Assembly, read the obituary notice, leading the members to stand quietly in tribute.

The Assembly session is set to last until June 29.

Earlier today, three individuals involved in the Kallakurichi bootleg liquor case were remanded to 15 days of judicial custody and transferred to Cudallore Central prison. The accused was presented by Kallakurichi police in front of the district combined court.

The tragedy prompted the Tamil Nadu government to commission a judicial inquiry. Retired Madras High Court judge Justice B Gokuldas will head the investigation. Justice Gokuldas is expected to deliver a report in the next three months.
MK Stalin, the Chief Minister, has declared that the relatives of deceased individuals will be given a sum of Rs 10 lakh as ex-gratia payment, while those receiving treatment will receive Rs 50,000 each.

Survivors are receiving medical care at Kallakurichi Government Medical College and Hospital, as well as hospitals in Salem, Villupuram, and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (Jipmer) in Puducherry.

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