KARACHI: Spurious liquor claimed 6 lives on Friday as Holi celebrations took a nasty turn, with doctors expressing concern that the number of casualties could go up.
The victims namely Sumar, 50, son of Buda, Sabu Lal, 40, son of Mohan Lal, Kishan Kumar, 50, son of Mati Lal, Younus Masih, William Masih and Taj Mohammad, all residents of Baghdadi Area, Lyari were rushed to the Civil Hospital, Karachi but passed away during treatment.
“All these men died as a result of consuming Tharra,” Medico Lego Officer (MLO) Aftab Chunnar told Daily Times, while adding, “Others are still under treatment and their condition is critical.”
The shady business of home-distilled liquor that often proved to be toxic had gone down in the wake of a government crackdown after the September 2007 tragedy, when 50 people died after consuming poisonous liquor.
Lyari Town is already notorious for its drug peddlers, however, in this case police believes that the victims bought the liquor from elsewhere. Lyari Town SP Rana Pervez Mehmood said, “The victims were friends and were drinking to celebrate Holi.”
He added that the statements of the victims are a must to probe the incident but the investigators are facing problems, as the most of the victims are already dead, while others are unconscious.
Meanwhile, sources claim that more people have fallen victim to the toxic liquor but their families took their bodies away from the hospital without any legal formalities. Confirming this information, MLO Chunnar said that people are not coming to the hospital, as they fear arrest and the number would be higher if more cases came forward.