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12 die after consuming illicit liquor in Punjab

Chandigarh: Twelve people were today killed and 20 others were taken ill after they consumed illicit liquor in Dasuya area of Hoshiarpur district of Punjab, police said.

The tragedy took place after the victims drank hooch which was brought in by two persons from an illegal distillery in Gurdaspur district, they said.

The 20 persons, who were taken ill after consuming the illicit liquor, have been admitted in the local Civil Hospital, they said.

Police said two persons identified as Jaswant Singh and Kala have been arrested in the case. They had been named as the suppliers of the illicit liquor by the victims, they said.

The victims were residents of villages around Dasuya town located on the Jalandhar Pathankot national highway.

A case has been registered in the regard at the Dasuya police station, they said.

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