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MADHYA PRADESH- Indore Liquor Tragedy

MADHYA PRADESH- Indore Liquor Tragedy

November 6, 1976 MADHYA PRADESH Indore Liquor Tragedy N K Singh A MOST disturbing aspect of the Indore liquor tragedy, in which officially 112 persons, including seven women, died and twenty lost their eyesight, was the manner in which the local officials first tried to hush up the incident and then went all out to play down the worst-ever mass tragedy in the history of Madhya Pradesh. Though the deaths, often on roadside, had started quite early in the evening of October 6, official sources preferred to keep mum that day. This was presumably done for the sake of the uninterrupted continuation of the official festi- ities on the. occasion of the government's take-over of Rajwada, the 225- year old palace of the Holkars. An, estimated 50,000-strong crowd of jubi- liant people visited the Rajwada to enjoy the fight illumination and decoration that night, unaware that several persons, mostly belonging to the poor, daily-wage earning class bad died like dogs on the streets and an ever-swelling number was struggling for life in the hospitals. Had the public been warned that very evening and preventive measures taken, many more lives could have been saved, for, many of the celebrants boozed that night in the numerous illicit liquor joints which flourish all over the city, unaware that what they were drinking was not the soothing liquor but poisonous brew.

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