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Tamil Nadu hooch tragedy: Death toll in Kallakurichi incident mounts to 61

The hooch tragedy has sparked a political clash between the ruling DMK, led by Chief Minister MK Stalin, and the opposition AIADMK

Reported by:  PTC News Desk  Edited by:  Shefali Kohli -- June 26th 2024 12:07 PM
Tamil Nadu hooch tragedy: Death toll in Kallakurichi incident mounts to 61

Tamil Nadu hooch tragedy: Death toll in Kallakurichi incident mounts to 61

Tamil Nadu hooch tragedy: As per the latest information released by the district administration on Wednesday, the death toll from consuming illicit liquor in Tamil Nadu has risen to 61.

A total of 118 individuals are currently receiving treatment at various hospitals following the hooch tragedy that occurred in Karunapuram village on June 18.


The death toll has continued to rise, prompting the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to take suo-moto cognizance of the incident. The NHRC has issued notices to the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary and the Director-General of State Police, requesting a detailed report on the incident within a week.

Meanwhile, the hooch tragedy has sparked a political clash between the ruling DMK, led by Chief Minister MK Stalin, and the opposition AIADMK.

AIADMK MPs were suspended for the remainder of the assembly session, with Stalin stating that the state government was "ready to respond to questions."

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said the state government will take care of the entire education and hostel expenses of children who have lost either one or both of their parents in the Kallakuruchi hooch tragedy. 

The government will provide Rs 5,000 monthly assistance until the age of 18 for children who have lost both their parents and Rs 5 lakh will be deposited immediately as a fixed deposit in the names of children who have lost both parents, Stalin said while speaking in the Assembly session today. 

After the minors turn 18, the amount can be withdrawn with interest, the chief minister said. Similarly, Rs 3 lakh will be deposited as a fixed deposit for children who have lost one parent.

- With inputs from agencies

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