Eighteen people lost their lives and 28 more people are undergoing treatment at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College hospital in critical condition after consuming spurious liquor in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh.
The deceased include four drivers of the gas bottling plant. Authorities have sealed five liquor stores in connection with the incident. The District Magistrate has ordered an inquiry into the matter.
On Friday, Additional District Magistrate (Finance) Vidhan Jaiswal said 15 people had died in villages falling under three separate police stations — Lodha, Khair and Jawan.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kalanidhi Naithani told news persons on Saturday that five people have been arrested so far, including Anil Chaudhary, alleged kingpin of the spurious liquor racket.
The police have booked 12 people in three different cases till now. Several raids were carried out in various parts of the district throughout the night and are still continuing. A reward of Rs 50,000 each has been announced on the arrest of Rishi Sharma and Vipin Yadav, associates of Anil Chaudhary, the SSP said.