BJP leader Rishi Sharma, accused in the Aligarh hooch tragedy, has been absconding for about 10 days after the tragedy which claimed over 100 lives, finally under arrest
Image source: India Today The key suspect who had a bounty of Rs 1 lakh is the Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Rishi Sharma, who has got arrested by the police near the Bulandshahr border in Western Uttar Pradesh on Sunday morning. The police report 50 deaths till now because of consumption of spurious liquor, however according to the officials the death toll will rise to 100 as autopsy reports await of another 50 Hooch consumers were awaited. Aligarh’s Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kalanidhi Naithani, updated on the situation and said the police raids were being conducted in Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh for the past 10 days. He further mentioned monitoring around 500 phone call details. Vipin Yadav, who carried a reward of ₹50,000, Anil Chaudhary and his brother-in-law Neeraj Chaudhary, carried a reward of ₹25,000, Munish Sharma (Rishi Sharma’s brother), carried a reward of ₹25,000, and Rishi Sharma’s wife and son, all have been placed under arrest. Till now, 17 cases have been registered in various police stations in Aligarh, and 61 have been arrested. The SSP, Naithani added Aligarh administration demolishing property worth 5 crores that belonged to the syndicates, and they have identified more properties worth 100 crores. They had allegedly dumped the spurious liquor in canals and remote places ever since the police began raiding places. There have been reports of more deaths across Aligarh. The irrigation department was asked to stop water flow in the Upper Ganga canal to search for liquor bottles and police of nearby districts of Hathras, Mathura, and Etah. On Saturday last week, 530 quarter of liquor were traced from a canal in Hathras district. A magistrate-level inquiry has been ordered after a few senior excise department officials and police officers suspended in this regard.