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Hooch Tragedy: Hang the culprits, says Devendra Fadnavis

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Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis favours capital punishment for those responsible for the hooch tragedy in the metropolis which has claimed 102 lives so far. “I want to see most severe punishment for the culprits (behind the hooch tragedy). They should be hanged,” an official of Chief Minister Office’s quoted Fadnavis as saying at a meeting of senior police officials here today.

Crime Branch officials met Fadnavis to brief him about the ongoing investigation in the hooch tragedy in suburban Malwani, he said. The Chief Minister asked the authorities to build a water-tight case in the spurious liquor case, the worst such tragedy in the financial capital, the CMO official said.

“The charge sheet should be strong with tough sections (under relevant laws) invoked against the accused. Public Prosecutor should demand severest possible punishment for the accused,” Fadnavis reportedly said in the meeting. Later, a meeting on internal security also took place in which Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria and Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K P Bakshi, among others, were present. The meeting was presided by Fadnavis.