Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Angul: Two persons were arrested in connection with the spurious liquor tragedy at Pathargarh village of Angul district in which four persons have lost their lives so far.

The arrested persons have been identified as contractor Kalia Dehuri and one of his associates Basanta Dehury.

The excise department raided the contractor’s place and seized some industrial spirit.

Angul SP has ordered a probe into the incident. Investigation is underway weather the cause of the death was due to the poisonous effect of spurious liquor or not.

As many as four persons died while four others were critical after allegedly consuming the spurious liquor in Pathargarh village of Angul district.

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

“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,” stated District Excise superintendent, Ramendra Narayan Nayak.

(Edited by Ramakant Biswas)