Prayagraj: A man and his son were arrested in Pratapgarh on Friday in connection with four hooch deaths in Manoharpur Rampur Dabi area on March 14 and 15.
On being tipped off, a team of Sangramgarh police caught hold of Nayapurwa resident Babulal Patel and his son Aman near Rajesa Crossing while they were planning to escape. The police also seized illegal chemicals for manufacturing spurious liquor, Rs 1,145 cash and other articles from their possession. The duo was involved in the manufacturing and sale of spurious liquor from their house, police said.
During interrogation, Babulal confessed to selling spurious liquor pouches near Shantinagar area, where four persons died and several others were left injured. He also admitted that he and his son used to prepare illegal liquor at their house in Nayapurwa village.
He said he used to bring OP chemical liquor from a nearby village and add three litres of water to it to prepare several pouches. A pouchc ontains 200ml liquor.
Station officer (Sangramgarh) Ashutosh Tiwari said: “On the night of March 13, four persons fell ill after consuming the spurious liquor bought from Babulal Patel. All of them died between March 14 and 15.”
“Following the incident, an FIR under section 304 and 272 of IPC, section 60 (A) of excise act and SCST act was registered,” he said.