Take a Selfie, don’t take your life. The undying “selfie fever” has resulted in tragic deaths every year across the globe and number of deaths caused by it is rapidly increasing.
Take the latest example of a tragic death due to selfie.
Punjab: A teenage boy himself became the cause of his death. A 15 year-old, Ramandeep Singh accidentally shot himself in head while taking selfie with is father’s .32 caliber pistol according to Police, Deputy Superintendent of Pathankot. He also said that safety catch was not on. This incident took place on 29th April,2016.
Later, the teen was rushed to the nearby hospital where he underwent surgery. After two days, he died due to his injuries.
According to the Statistics:
India tops the list of fatalities caused by selfies.
Out of 49 deaths, India accounted almost 40% of the total deaths across the world.
Some recent fatalities that have occurred in India:
In January last year, three youngsters were killed by speeding train while posing selfie on railway tracks of Mathura.
Seven youth drowned in Mangrul Lake near Kuhi.
A Japanese fell down a staircase and died while taking selfie at the Taj Mahal, Agra.
In Tamil Nadu, an engineering student died while taking selfie on Kolli Hills when the rock cracked on which he was standing.
While taking selfie two engineering students drowned in Narmada Canal, Gujrat.
A college student drowned after falling off of the Waldevi Dam, Nashik.
Earlier, Authorities in Mumbai imposed restriction by collecting fine on taking selfie in certain areas – “no selfie zones”. Government in India, has ordered the police to take immediate action if they find someone clicking selfies in risky areas or any area popular among youngsters for carrying selfie sticks.
Other countries like Russia are also taking protective measures by creating awareness. A brochure has been released there with the text written on it “selfie with weapon can kill you”.
As more than a hundred people died in ‘poisonous hooch’ tragedies in Uttar Pradesh during the past one year, a few sugar mills and distilleries have come under the scanner of the Special Task Force of the UP police. Working round the clock to bust ‘killer syndicates’ supplying cheap industrial alcohol to bootleggers and gangs involved in manufacturing of illicit liquor, STF has seized more than 10,000 litres of rectified spirit in raids across the state in the past one month.
Industrial alcohol allegedly used in hooch is distilled ethanol and is usually used in manufacturing of paints, fragrance, printing ink and coating. As it is cheaper, the liquor syndicates get it smuggled from distilled ethanol manufacturing units. On June 16, STF seized 5,750 litres of rectified spirit (high concentration alcohol) from the possession of a big time crime syndicate active in Lucknow and Kanpur.
The STF rounded up the kingpin, Suraj Lal Yadav, along with six other members of the gang. During interrogation it was discovered that Yadav was well-connected with some distilleries in Haryana. Large quantities of industrial alcohol was smuggled out of Haryana and pushed into hooch manufacturing dens in UP.
Concerned about frequents deaths in UP due to consumption of poisonous hooch, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched a statewide crackdown on illicit liquor manufacturing gangs after 21 people died in a hooch tragedy in Barabanki two months ago. The STF, considered the state’s premiere crime busting agency, subsequently geared up to intercept scores of tankers and private vehicles being pushed into UP from Delhi and Haryana.
“The syndicate involved in smuggling of rectified spirit has spread its tentacles in the state. Even murders have taken place in disputes relating to the smuggling. But our raiding parties are determined to bust the gangs. Innumerable cases have been registered by us in the past one-and-a-half years,” said Amitabh Yash, Inspector General(IG) of STF.
Even though the STF, after rounding up the accused handed over the investigation of the case to the district police, the agency is said to have the most precise data on organised crime in North India.
“We seldom investigate the cases as it involves prolonged court work, so our main aim is focused on cracking heinous crimes, particularly organised by crime syndicates. At the moment, gangs involved in illicit trade of hooch are our target,” said Amitabh Yash, known for his skills in dealing with underworld operations and syndicate crimes. When asked whether a few officials of the excise department and a couple of distilleries could be linked with smugglers of rectified spirit, the IG said a report was given in this connection to the government.
While high excise duty makes liquor expensive, hooch, on the other hand, is available for less than Rs 20 per bottle. At places the rates are less than even Rs 10 per liter. A report, in connection with the Saharanpur hooch tragedy in February 2019 which took the lives of over 50 people, reveals that the quantity of rectified spirit mixed in the drink was so high that it had the effect of poison.
The report says that rectified spirit was smuggled by criminal gangs which were hand-in-glove with local authorities.
“The gangs have links in distilleries and chemical factories from where industrial alcohol is smuggled out at a very cheap price. It is later re-packed in drums and transported to hideouts of manufacturers (of illicit liquor),” said a source in the police.
With widespread sale of hooch across UP, CM Yogi Adityanath has instructed DGP O.P. Singh to take stringent measures against the culprits and ensure that police secures conviction of those accused who are put on trial in cases of hooch smuggling or hooch-related deaths. (IANS)