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Hooch Toll over 100 as Tragedy Becomes Political Battle

The death toll in Gujarat Hooch tragedy has gone up further, crossing 100. according to reports, at least 207 people are in hospital.

Police suspect that nearly 1000 litres of spurious liquor was sourced from Mehamdabad in Kheda district by bootleggers.

With toll rising in the case, the tragedy is taking political colours swiftly with the Congress charging BJP councilor from Mehamdabad as being the main supplier. The consignment was reportedly distributed in the areas worst affected by the hooch tragedy.

Meanwhile, Congress-backed student body NSUI called a boycott on Friday causing closure of colleges. Some schools are also closed as a precautionary measure.

The Opposition is demanding Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s resignation. Modi has also come under attack for choosing to remain silent for three days before making a statement.

In 1960 when Gujarat became a state it banned the sale of liquor in honour of the Mahatma. It could never effectively stop sale, instead created a huge and unaccountable black market.

Between 1977 and 1989 there were seven big hooch tragedies in which 500 people have died. The BJP blamed the ruling Congress for being ineffective.

However, this is not the lone hooch tragedy that has happened in the country in the recent past. Virtually every month, there are numbers of people dying after consuming spurious liquor. Here’s a look at some of the recent hooch tragedies.

On Thursday, mobs disrupted traffic in Odhav and Viratnagar areas of Ahmedabad.

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