Karachi: The death toll of poisonous liquor in Karachi mounted to 27 while more than two dozen men are admitted in the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), at least half dozen of them in precarious condition.
The deaths occurred due to selling and consumption of raw liquor made from dangerous chemicals mostly in poor slum areas of the city. Every year on Eids and other festive days, dozens die of cheap poisonous wine in Karachi, but the government is too weak to take action against organized mafias selling poisonous wine in the patronage of Karachi police and Sindh Excise and Taxation Department.
IGP Sindh has suspended four SHOs for their failure to check selling of cheap dangerous raw wine in their respective areas.
It may be noted that just a week ago more than two dozen men had died in Hyderabad and Tandojam after they consumed poisonous liquor, forcing the Sindh government to change Excise and Taxation minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla and handing the portfolio to another minister Giyan Chand. However, citizens say these changes are eyewash as the Excise and Taxation is the most corrupt department of the Sindh government and it could not be improved with just changing its minister.
The citizens have demanded to take action against the mafias running dens of poisonous wine in the slum areas of the city, who pay ‘bhatta’ and ‘nazrana’ to local politicians, besides police and excise and taxation department corrupt officials, regularly.
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