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Hooch Tragedy: Two more arrested, deaths create political storm in UP, U khand

A political storm rocked BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Monday over death of a large number of people in a hooch tragedy with the opposition pegging the toll at over 130, prompting the two state administrations to intensify their probe and arrest a father-son duo for supplying the spurious liquor. While officials put the number of deaths at 72 -- 36 each in Hardwar in Uttarakhand and adjoining Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, the Congress and other opposition parties said the toll was much higher and demanded dismissal of the two state governments. Uttarakhand government set up its own Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the tragedy, a day after a similar step was taken by Uttar Pradesh. Intensifying its crackdown, Uttarakhand Police said it has arrested two more persons on Monday, taking the total number of people held for the tragedy to four. The police said they are looking for another key accused. Hardev and Sukhwinder alias Sukha, residents of Punden ...

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