Illicit Liquor Death Toll Reaches 29 in Tamil Nadu’s Kallakurichi

Kallakurichi (PTI): The death toll from consuming illicit ‘packet arrack’ in Kallakurichi has risen to 29, according to district collector M. S. Prasanth on Thursday. He reported that 109 people are currently receiving treatment in various hospitals, with the condition of those critically ill constantly being monitored and updated.

State Highways Minister E.V. Velu noted that among the victims were two women and one transgender individual. Prasanth assured that sufficient medical professionals, including specialists from nearby government medical colleges, have been deployed to manage the situation, and additional life-support ambulances have been stationed in the district.

Minister Velu emphasized that the sale of illicit liquor has been a persistent issue across various administrations, not just under the DMK rule. “Every government, whether DMK or AIADMK, has taken strong action against this,” he stated, reinforcing the government’s commitment to not tolerate illicit liquor peddlers and vowing stringent measures against those involved.

He reiterated that Chief Minister M.K. Stalin had directed the government to take decisive action in response to the incident, including using the Goondas Act against offenders. Velu and Health Minister Ma Subramanian are currently in Kallakurichi to assist the affected families.

Actor-politician Vijay, chief of Tamilaga Vettri Kazhagam, criticized the government’s negligence and called for stringent preventive measures to avoid such tragedies in the future.

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