With more deaths reported from Saharanpur and Kushinagar due to spurious liquor, the toll in the hooch tragedy in the two districts rose to 58 on Saturday.
Officials, however, put the toll at 46, with 35 deaths in Saharanpur and 11 in Kushninagar.
As per reports, so far 46 persons have died after consuming spurious liquor in Saharanpur on Thursday night.
The death toll was, however, put at 35 by the district administration as the viscera of some people reported dead on Friday was still being examined to determine if the deaths were alcohol-related.
Officials in Saharanpur said that autopsy of 11 bodies was conducted while the kin of seven victims performed the last rites without informing the authorities.
In Kushninagar, with another death being reported on Saturday morning, the toll in the hooch tragedy rose to 12. The latest victim died at a local hospital.
The hooch tragedy came to light on Friday morning after five deaths were reported from Kushinagar and six from Saharanpur’s Umahi village where 19 were hospitalised in serious condition after consuming spurious liquor. Out of these hospitalised person, 13 later died during treatment.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has already announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those hooch victims undergoing treatment.
Subsequently, 20 excise officials and policemen in Saharanpur and Kushinagar districts were suspended along with district excise officers of both districts.
The Saharanpur police claimed that most victims had consumed liquor after a `terahwin’ (13th day of mourning ritual) in Balupur vilage on Thursday evening. The police suspect that a Saharanpur resident might have brought 30 pouches of the liquor from Uttarakhand and it caused the tragedy.