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In UP, hooch deaths might invite death penalty soon

In UP, hooch deaths might invite death penalty soon”

Acting tough on illicit liquor manufacturers, the government of north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has made a decision to add a new section in the Excise Act to provide for death penalty for spurious liquor makers if its consumption causes death or permanent disability.

As per the proposal, the government will amend various sections of the UP Excise Act, 2010 for the goal.

"The capital punishment will not only act as deterrent to spurious liquor trade but also curb the smuggling from neigbouring states which results in huge revenue losses to the state exchequer", pointed the State Excise Minister Jai Pratap Singh.

The state government may issue an ordinance in this regard soon, a senior minister said.

In a major decision, the UP cabinet on Tuesday recommended life imprisonment which can extend to capital punishment in grievous cases and Rs 10 lakh fine for those selling spurious liquor in the state.

The Uttar Pradesh government will introduce a law to prevent deaths from the consumption of poisonous alcohol in the state. The recommendations have been passed as an ordinance and will be incorporated into law in the next session.

Other sections will seek to enhance the financial penalties significantly in other offences related to illicit liquor.

Following the incident, a state-wide crackdown was carried against production and sale of illicit liquor in the state.

A 315 bore country pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from the truck driver, identified as Kalyan Singh, a police spokesperson said.

In July, 17 people died in Azamgarh after they consumed spurious liquor. Earlier in 2015, as many as 28 people died in a similar tragedy in Malihabad area of Lucknow.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had taken cognisance of hooch deaths in Etah and Farrukhabad districts a year ago and issued notices to the State chief secretary and the director general of police.

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