Jamaat asks – ‘’how many more deaths will the government wait before introducing prohibition?’’

May 29, 2019


New Delhi: The Vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Mohammed Salim Engineer has expressed grief over the death of 16 people after drinking spurious liquor in Barabanki and demanded a complete liquor ban to be imposed in the state by the Uttar Pradesh government. He also demanded that “the matter should be investigated and the responsible persons should be punished”.



In a statement issued to the media, Salim Engineer said: ‘’ we are deeply saddened by the death of 16 people in Barabanki after consuming liquor. The completely avoidable tragedy has made 38 people to undergo treatment in hospital while 10 have lost their eyesight. It is clearly mentioned in the Directive Principles of the Indian Constitution that the state shall endeavor to implement prohibition throughout the country, but very few governments have shown sincerity towards this constitutional obligation. Jamaat has been demanding prohibition every time similar hooch tragedies occur periodically in our country. Last time in July 2017 seventeen people died in Azamgarh after consumption of liquor. It may be noted that in response to an RTI filed by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, the government has accepted that nearly 174 people have died after consuming poisonous liquor in Uttar Pradesh alone during the last five years. Media reports quoting NCRB data say that 15 people die every day in India from the effects of drinking alcohol. How many more deaths will the government wait before introducing prohibition?

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Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

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