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Spurious liquor claims lives of more than 125 people in Assam
More than 125 people lost their lives and more than a hundred are ill after consuming spurious liquor in Golaghat and Jorhat districts of Assam.

As per government's data the affected people were mostly tea plantation workers. The incident was first reported on Saturday last week.

In the meanwhile, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs two lakh to the immediate kin of each of those who died after consuming illicit liquor. The state government has also announced Rs fifty thousand compensation for each of those who are undergoing treatment at different hospitals. Chief Minister Sonowal apart from Health minister Himanta Biswa Sharma immediately took stock of the situation.  They met the hospitalised and the kin of those who died of consuming illegal liquor.

On the other hand, the police and the state Excise Department has started a crackdown against illegal liquor sellers. As of now government agencies have seized tons of materials from illegal liquor producers. The police have arrested more than six illegal liquor producers and sellers from different parts of the state after the incident came into light.    

The Congress and other opposition parties have held the state government responsible for the tragic incident. Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has demanded immediate resignation of Parimal Shuklavaidya, Excise Department minister of the state. The former Chief Minister demanded that the state government should take entire responsibility for the incident. "The Sonowal government has no moral right to stay in power", Gogol said.

RTI activist as well as Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity leader Akhil Gogoi has also demanded the resignation of the Excise Department Minister. Moreover, National People's Party, an ally of the BJP in the Northeast and the ruling party of Meghalaya has also held the Assam government responsible for the incident. The party has also reportedly demanded the resignation of Excise Minister Shuklavaidya.

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