Prayagraj: Four policemen including Saidabad police outpost in-charge and three constables were placed under suspension on the charges of dereliction of duty here on Wednesday.
Senior police officials claimed that a probe report into the death of five persons due to alleged consumption of spurious liquor in three villages of Handia block, revealed laxity on the part of policemen, for not taking corrective measures against the illegal sale and purchase of spurious liquor in trans Ganga area.
Visceras of all five deceased have been preserved for analysis and four policemen were found guilty for not performing their duties sincerely.
On Wednesday, a joint team of police and administration including DM and SSP (Prayagraj) also visited Saidabad and interacted with the family members and the villagers.
Officials,meanwhile, admitted that over 10 people had died under mysterious circumstances between March 14 and 16 in villages including Beenda, Sangrampatti and Saray Mansoor.
Taking the issue seriously, the joint team verified the facts and found that five persons had died due to diseases or prolonged illness. Their last rites were also performed by the family members.
In rest five cases, a joint team of police and administration was carrying out a detailed probe. The post-mortem of these persons was conducted and viscera was preserved to find out whether they had died due to consumption of spurious liquor. Initial report, however, maintained that they had consumed spurious liquor.
Handia police, meanwhile, claimed that an FIR under sections 328 and 272 of IPC and sections 60 and 63 of Excise Act was registered against five persons regarding the incident. The police have also detained a man identified as Vinod Bharatiya, a resident of Saidabad for interrogation.
Police are making efforts to connect the chain behind the illegal sale and production of spurious liquor in the trans Ganga area.