Morena: The death toll owing to consumption of spurious liquor rose to 22 on Wednesday in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena District even as 18 individuals are battling for life at infirmaries here and in Gwalior divisional headquarters.
The administration swung into action by transferring Collector Anurag Verma and Superintendent of Police Anurag Sujania – in compliance of directives from Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan subsequent to his chairing a high-level review meeting in the state capital. Mr Verma was reassigned as Deputy Secretary (Mantralaya) and Mr Sujania as Assistant Inspector General (Headquarters).
“The incident occurred despite the fact that a campaign is underway against the scourge of adulteration. Launch a crusade against alcohol smuggling,” the Chief Minister ordered.
Authorities – visibly tight-lipped over the situation – confirmed 20 fatalities though hospital sources disclosed the higher figure.
The dispensation constituted a three-member special team for investigating the episode. It is headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Rajesh Kumar Rajora and includes Additional Director General of Police A Sai Manohar plus Deputy Inspector General (Training) Mithilesh Shukla.