Death toll from toxic liquor consumption reaches 15 as recent details reveal. Initial reports claimed deaths of 10 Christians, the incident took place on October 28 in Jehlum’s Christian Colony. It has been learnt that a police case has been registered against the manufacturers of toxic liquor which caused these deaths.
Police are conducting raids to hook the manufacturers of toxic liquor. It was reported that post postmortems of few dead bodies were conducted, while some of them were buried with legal procedures. Postmortems were conducted in District Head Quarters Hospital. While police have registered an FIR against the manufacturers; invoking Section 337 and 322-J of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Previously, a group of Christians met with the District Coordination Officer (DCO) Jehlum, following the incident of killing of Christians caused by consumption of toxic liquor. The delegation which consisted of Bishop Javaid Sindhu, Pastor Shahzad, Manzoor Bhatti, Pastor Aqeel Sabir, Elder Izhaq Gull and others met with DCO Jehlum Iqbal Hussain and Deputy Superintendent of Police Jehlum, Muhammad Sharif Khan and discussed the distressing issue of production of toxic liquor and the deaths caused by its consumption. “We request you to take action against the toxic liquor producing mafia throughout the district,” Christians demanded.
Christians urged the government and district administration to take prompt action in order to thwart the mafia from operating. “Government must ban issuance of permits,” they demanded. At the same time they expressed deep condolences over deaths caused by toxic liquor, “we can feel the pain of the families of victims,” they said.