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6 people die after drinking rectified spirit in Noakhali

  • Published at 11:14 am September 28th, 2019
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Five others also became sick and were admitted to different hospitals

Nur Nabi Manik, 50, Robi Lal Roy, 55, Mohin Uddin, 40, Abdul Khalek, 58, and Md Sabuj, 60, all residents of Companiganj upazila - died at different times on Friday. 

Omar Faruk Liton, 55, from ward no 8 of Bashurhat municipality, died yesterday morning.

Five others also became sick. Among them, Dulal has been admitted to a hospital in Feni, and the rest to different hospitals in Noakhali, and Dhaka. 

Companiganj police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Arifur Rahman confirmed the incident. 

Nur Nabi Manik, and Robi Lal Roy’s bodies were recovered, and sent to Noakhali General Hospital for autopsy, the OC said. 

The other three have already been buried, he added. 

According to locals, the victims bought the spirit from Rafiq Homeo Hall located at Paan Bazar adjacent to Basurhat Bazar. 

Owner of the homoeopathy hall, Dr Zayed fled the area after he heard of the deaths. 

But police nabbed Zayed, and his son Priyam in connection with the incident, the OC added.

According to sources, it was learned that Sayed Zayed of Dagonbhuiyan Upazillahas been selling rectified spirit illegally for the last 40 years inBasurhat Bazar. 

Wanting to remain anonymous, a businessman of Basurhat Bazar said, ten to twelve people bought spirit from the shop on Thursday. All of them became sick after drinking the spirit, and five of them died on Friday. Two of them have been buried as well.  

Companiganj Upazila Executive Magistrate, Faisal Ahmed, along with the law enforcers went to the homoeopathy shop, and found 600 bottles of rectified spirit. After that, the shop was sealed for good yesterday.

When asked, Faisal said that Zayed did not have any certificate, nor did he have a trade licence to run the business. 

Faisal also said, if the court orders then the dead bodies will be taken out of the graves, and will be sent for autopsy to find the real reason behind their deaths. 

Additional Police Super Joyti Khisha said if none of the members of the six families file a case against Zayed, then the police will become the complainant and lodge a case against the perpetrator.