Heads roll in Ujjain police for hooch deaths


BHOPAL: A day after two constables were arrested for the hooch deaths in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday ordered the transfer of Ujjain SP Manoj Singh and ASP Rupesh Dwivedi and the suspension of city SP Rajnish Kashyap.
The CM issued the orders during a law-and-order review meeting in which additional chief secretary-home Rajesh Rajora, who is leading an SIT probe into the case, briefed him on the developments. Singh has been replaced by Sathyendra Kumar Shukla, who was Shahdol SP. Awdesh Goswami, SP PTS-Indore, is being moved to Shahdol. Singh’s new posting is AIG police headquarters, Bhopal.
The three prime accused — Yunus, Gabbar and Sikandar — were employees of Ujjain Municipal Corporation and have since been sacked. The SIT is probing the tragedy, in which 13 labourers died after drinking a concoction named Jhinjhar. Another person died while being treated at a hospital on Sunday, taking the toll to 14. Police, however, put the number of deaths at 12 on the basis of autopsy reports.
Chouhan expressed serious concern at the deaths and ordered a statewide crackdown on the mafia involved in such illegal activities.

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