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Bengal hooch tragedy: Death toll rises to 11

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Kolkata: As many as 11 people are dead while 35 others have contracted illness in West Bengal’s East Midnapore district. The death toll continues to go up after Saturday’s hooch tragedy, an official said.

“So far 11 people have died since Saturday and at least 35 others have been hospitalized. The post mortem reports are awaited and it appears the deaths have occurred due to hooch,” said District Magistrate Antara Acharya.

A group of people in the Moyna police station area who consumed liquor on Saturday subsequently started showing signs of nausea and began vomiting and had to be rushed to hospitals.

While four people died on Saturday and Sunday each, three more died on Monday.

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“Relatives of those who died on Saturday cremated the bodies without informing the authorities. As post mortem could not be conducted on those bodies it is difficult to establish their cause of death. The administration is carrying out a through probe into the matter,” added Acharya.

Meanwhile at least 22 people have been arrested for allegedly being associated with the hooch trade.

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Panchayats in Mathura Issues Diktat Banning Dowry, Consumption of Liquor and Lavish Feasts

He said social pressures often force people to give dowry and host lavish feasts, but then they spend years paying off the debts

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Chaudhary Govind Singh, chairman of land development bank, who attended one of the panchayat meets on Sunday, said the initiative would not only benefit local residents and prevent them. LifetimeStock

Eight Panchayats in Mathura have issued a diktat banning dowry, consumption of liquor and lavish feasts in ‘shraadhs’ and post-death rituals.

Chaudhary Govind Singh, chairman of land development bank, who attended one of the panchayat meets on Sunday, said the initiative would not only benefit local residents and prevent them from facing additional financial burden, but would also improve the social atmosphere.

He said social pressures often force people to give dowry and host lavish feasts, but then they spend years paying off the debts.

“Our efforts are to stop these wrong practices and make people aware of the reality. For example, dowry is nothing more than a bribe to the groom’s family. The priority should be to educate the girl and make her independent, instead of wasting money by spending lavishly on her wedding,” he said.

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Eight Panchayats in Mathura have issued a diktat banning dowry, consumption of liquor and lavish feasts in ‘shraadhs’ and post-death rituals. LifetimeStock

He said that residents of villages, including Aimal Patti, Singha Patti, Saunkh Dehat, Loriha Patti, Nanupatti and Bachgaon had agreed to implement the ban with immediate effect.

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District panchayat representative Bharat Singh said a five-member committee will be formed in every village, which will interact with local residents and make them aware them of the myths related to these evil practices. (IANS)