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New Year revelry: 5 Christians perish after drinking tainted liquor


Five Christians die after drinking tainted liquor in Peshawar. The deceased and others affected consumed tainted liquor. The incident took place in Sawati Gate neighborhood, when six Christians were critically affected by the toxic alcohol. Consequently, five perished while one remains in critical condition.

Christians die in Peshawar

The incident occurred within the jurisdiction of Pishtakhara Police Station. The Pishtakhara SHO said that the incident took place at midnight. He maintained that the affected consumed tainted liquor, and were shifted to the Lady Reading in unconscious state. Doctors at the Lady Ready Hospital pronounced five of them dead while one of them is still receiving medical treatment.

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SHO Pishtakhara Police Station further detailed that the affectees identified as Nasir Masih, Qaisar Masih, Victor Masih, Kamal Masih, Raja Masih and Shehzad were employees in cantonment board and other government departments. Shehzad survived but is in critical condition; the postmortem report of the dead bodies has revealed that the death occurred due to intake of spirit-mixed liquor.

While remarking in this connection, SP Cant Malik Imran said that police has launched a crackdown in Peshawar, hunting after alcohol suppliers. SP Malik said that there were no centers involved in illegal sale of liquor. He said that the affectees used spirit-mixed liquor. He revealed that two suspects have been arrested in this case.

Previously, on Christmas Eve at least 150 were affected by consumption of tainted liquor. So far, at least 50 people have died while dozens are still in the hospitals. The incident occurred in Mubarakabad Basti, in Toba Tek Singh. Police revealed the affectees consumed aftershave lotion instead of alcohol.