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25 people arrested after tainted alcohol leaves 69 dead

Major crackdown 17 more arrested in Punjab

The case follows reports on Friday of the deaths of 10 people - said to have alcohol addictions - who drank hand sanitiser in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

The death toll in the Punjab spurious liquor tragedy rose to 62 on Saturday as 23 more casualties were reported from the state's Tarn Taran district, officials said.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's media adviser Raveen Thukral tweeted that the deaths in the tragedy went up to 104 with 80 casualties in Tarn Taran and 12 each in Gurdaspur's Batala and Amritsar.

Sukhbir also rejected the magisterial probe ordered by the CM and demanded an independent inquiry by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

AAP also held a statewide agitation against the government. "Action should be taken against all them, instead of targeting lower rank officials", said Mr Majithia.

Tarn Taran DC Kulwant Singh said some families had even cremated the bodies without informing police.

A total of 25 people have been arrested in connection with the case thus far.

Expressing full faith in the Punjab Police, the CM said Kejriwal's demand for a CBI probe was nothing but a "political gimmick", aimed at "regaining lost foothold" for his party, which had "completely lost ground" in Punjab despite being the principal opposition party.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday had announced the suspension of seven excise and six police officials.

More arrests are likely, he said, adding that raids were continuing and the police teams would continue to crack down on all those involved in the case to unravel the extent of the spurious liquor mafia operating in the region.

Trashing Kejriwal's claim that "none of the illicit liquor cases from the last few months have been solved by the local police", the Punjab CM asked the AAP leader to verify his facts "before shooting through his mouth".

He asked the Delhi Chief Minister "not to exploit the tragic affair for reviving his defunct Aam Aadmi Party's stake in the state".