The death toll in Aligarh's hooch tragedy rose to 22 on Saturday and 12 more people are being treated after they drank spurious liquor bought from two government-authorised alcohol shops in at least three villages, district magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh said on Saturday. Officials also said the death toll could rise as the autopsy of more bodies is yet to be conducted.
Six people, including two licensees, have been arrested, the officials added. On Friday, a vendor, manager, salesman, and helper, were arrested in Karsua village and three officials of the excise department were suspended for laxity leading to such a tragedy.
The police have booked 12 people in three different cases till now, according to news agency PTI. Several raids were carried out in various parts of the district throughout the night and are still continuing, the news agency reported.
All the accused have been booked under Gangster Act and National Security Act (NSA) will be invoked against them, according to officials.