Uttar Pradesh set to bring in death penalty for hooch deaths

Lester Mason
September 21, 2017

In a major development, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has made a decision to introduce death penalty for those dealing in spurious liquor if its consumption leads to death or permanent disability.

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

In July 2016, at least 26 people died after consuming illicit liquor in Aliganj area of Etah in Uttar Pradesh.

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

The state Cabinet decided to make amendment in UP Abkari Adhiniyam-1910 to make the punishments more stringent.

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.

After Delhi and Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh would become the third state where bootleggers may be sent to the gallows if consumption of spurious liquor leads to loss of life.

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

"Since the state legislature is not in session, an ordinance will be brought and when the House meets, a bill can be passed", Singh said.

"The new provisions will certainly help the state to put an end and curb trade of illicit liquor to save people from hooch tragedies", claimed the State Minister.

Incidentally, on Wednesday, the state police apprehended a truck in Etah district and seized 350 cartons of liquor supplied from outside UP.

Five government employees, including three from the excise department were also suspended.

The NHRC intervened after over 30 people lost their lives in hooch tragedies in the districts.

The deaths had resulted in a state-wide crackdown on the production and sale of illicit liquor following which a huge quantity of illicit liquor and its raw material was recovered from various places across the state.

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