Death toll in UP hooch tragedy climbs to 29

The death toll in Uttar Pradesh hooch tragedy has climbed to 29, with the death of one more person on Saturday, officials said.

According to the sources, the victims had attended a funeral in neighbouring Balupur, Haridwar, and had consumed liquor there. They fell ill thereafter.

The death toll in Kushinagar rose to 11 and in another district Saharanpur, the illicit liquor has claimed 18 lives till now and over 40 people were still being treated in various medical facilities.

Raids have been conducted in various parts of the state and a large quantity of illicit liquor were seized.

Moreover, the state government has suspended the District Excise Officer and District Excise Inspector of Kushinagar, among many others.