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Ramakanta Biswas

Angul: As many as four persons have died while four others are still critical after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Pathargarh village of Angul district.

One Pramod Sahu who had consumed the liquor died today at a hospital while condition of four others is still critical. Anil Pradhan and Tukuna Pradhan were the first victims and had died on Sunday. A day later, another person identified as Sashikant Deuri died while undergoing treatment.

All the victims are reportedly labourers and were engaged in the construction of a building. It is alleged that the contractor, who engaged them in the construction work, had supplied them liquor.

Sources said that the Excise department and local administration are conducting an inquiry into the matter. The police have also launched a probe on the direction of the SP.

District Excise superintendent, Ramendra Narayan Nayak said that industrial spirit was recovered from the construction site.

“A contractor from the village had given food and liquor to the labourers after work. We found industrial spirit from the spot. The post-mortem of the deceased has been completed. The report will establish the exact cause of their death,” Nayak said.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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