Bhubaneswar, July 16 (LocalWire): Taking cognizance of reports about the death of five persons in Odisha’s Bhadrak district due to consumption of spurious liquor, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police in the district.
It may be recalled that at least five persons died and 29 others fell ill on 29 April this year after consuming spurious liquor in Daulatapur village, near Peerhat, under Tihidi police limits.
Acting on a complaint filed by rights activist Akhand, the Commission has directed the officials to submit a report within four weeks.
A group of villagers had procured liquor with the money provided to them by political parties, ahead of the fourth phase of elections in the state.
The villagers complained of stomach ache and loss of eyesight soon after consuming the liquor.
While one person died on the spot, four others succumbed later while undergoing treatment.
The petition called upon the rights panel for initiation of stringent action against the liquor mafias in the state and compensation and rehabilitation to the victims or the family members of those who lost their lives due to the negligence of the authorities.