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6 suspended, FIRs slapped on them

Hooch tragedy

GUWAHATI, June 4: As many as six excise officials, including an assistant excise inspector, have got slapped with FIRs, besides suspension in connection with the recent hooch tragedy at Sarupathar in the Dhansiri area where as many as seven persons lost their lives after consuming illicit liquor.

The suspended officials are assistant excise inspector Rudra Gogoi and excise constables Dulu Moran, Golap Regon, Imran Hussain, Rahul Amin and Prasanta Gogoi.

Talking to The Sentinel Commissioner of Excise Department Rakesh Kumar said: “The Dhansiri SDO has lodged FIRs against the six excise officials for their negligence of duty. How come they remain ignorant of the business of illicit liquor taking place in their jurisdiction? This is tantamount to negligence of duty. I’ve warned all excise inspectors all over the State to be vigilant against the business of illicit liquor, failing which they’ll have to face the music.”