The death toll, due to consumption of spurious liquor, in Golaghat and Jorhat districts mounted to 143 till Sunday evening. In Golaghat district, the toll rose to 85 from 59, while in Jorhat district, the number of deaths went up to 58 from 43.
Excise Minister Parimal Suklabaidya visited the Golaghat District Swahid Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital and enquired about the conditions of the victims admitted there. The Minister said that no government official or staff would be spared if they fail to take action to stop the illicit liquor trade.
Golaghat Deputy Commissioner Dhiren Hazarika said that over 100 people were undergoing treatment at hospitals. He mentioned that two more persons were arrested in connection with the spurious liquor case, taking the total number of arrests in Golaghat district to eight. He added that raids by police and excise officials were continuing.
A total of 326 liquor victims, including those from Golaghat district, have been admitted in the Jorhat Medical College Hospital (JMCH), the Deputy Commissioner revealed. Minister Pijush Hazarika also visited JMCH to enquire about the health conditions of the victims.