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Jorhat: There seems to no end to the hooch tragedy that has already claimed over 160 lives in the two upper Assam districts of Golaghat and Jorhat.

On Thursday, reports of ten people losing their eyesight surfaced, as reported by Dr Nilotpal Bhattacharyya, deputy superintendent and public relations officer of Jorhat Medical College and Hospital. The victims are among the hundreds of locals who fell ill after consuming the liquor suspected to be made by using toxic methanol.

Of the ten, two are women and are undergoing treatment at the critical care unit of JMCH. “The recovery of all the people will depend on proper medication and check-up from time-to-time,” Bhattacharyya said. Jorhat SP Vaibhav Nimbalkar further said that since February 26, a total of 104 cases have been registered at various police stations.

Meanwhile, 22 persons have been arrested along with busting of 326 illicit liquor dens. Up to 1,347 hooch fermenting units have been also destroyed in a joint operation by the police and excise department. The SP also said that operations will continue with steps being taken to change the mindset of the people.

The hooch tragedy, which first hit Golaghat on February 21 and neighbouring Jorhat district the next day, has claimed over 160 lives so far, besides hundreds falling ill.

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