2 people are killed in Tamil Nadu after allegedly drinking in a pub.
Chennai: Two guys who allegedly drank alcohol at a pub in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu have passed away. 22 people are thought to have died earlier this week from consuming industrial methanol.
The guys have been identified as Vivek, a driver, and Kuppasami, a fisherman.
The existence of cyanide was established by forensic analysis of samples taken from the bodies of the two men, while methanol, a lethal mixture produced by illegal brewers, was ruled out. Methanol, which is utilised in industry, smells like alcohol.
Thanjavur Collector Dinesh Ponraj Oliver stated that police were looking into whether or not this was a case of suicide or murder.
The pub allegedly served alcohol even before the liquor store opened at noon, clearly in breach, proving the opposition's claims that bars sell alcohol without a licence.
District Superintendent of Police Ashish Rawat stated, "We are gathering evidence because the CCTV in the pub is not working.
22 people died earlier this week in the Villupuram and Chengalpattu districts from consuming industrial methanol.
Forty or so patients are still receiving care. Ten police officers, including the Villupuram district SP and two DSPs in charge of enforcing the restriction, had been suspended by the government. Chengalpattu's SP was transferred.
The government in Tamil Nadu has come under fire from the opposition for being ineffective. On Monday, EPS, the leader of the AIADMK, would organise a demonstration against the DMK government and submit a petition to the state governor calling for an investigation. EPS has called for Chief Minister M K Stalin's resignation.
BJP state chief K Annamalai has called for the resignation of Senthil Balaji, the minister in charge of alcohol, on the grounds that illegal alcohol is being sold in government establishments. A top police officer refuted Mr. Annamalai's accusation, nevertheless.
"The state government provided the actual alcohol that was served in the bar. No, it wasn't smuggled alcohol "NDTV was informed by a top police officer.
The state government received $44,000 crore in revenue from the sale of alcohol last year.
The decision The DMK has promised to shutter booze stores gradually.
According to the government, approximately 90 businesses have closed over the last two years, and 500 more are being considered for closure.
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Yet the state government's decision to allow serving of alcohol at international events was criticised as an attempt to increase the sale of alcohol, and the court had delayed it.