Tamil Nadu Police have arrested a Chennai-based manufacturing facility proprietor for allegedly promoting methanol, consumption of which value 21 individuals their lives. Altogether, 16 individuals — together with the manufacturing facility proprietor, two individuals who purchased the methanol from him and people who helped transport it — have been arrested and accused of homicide.
State police chief Dr Sylendra Babu mentioned the crackdown on illicit liquor within the state is driving individuals to ingesting industrial methanol. “People are going for methanol solely as a result of illicit liquor has been checked,” he mentioned.
In an announcement, the police chief mentioned Ilayanambi, who owns Jaya Sakthi Private Ltd, had illegally offered 1,200 litres of methanol to 2 males. The methanol was mendacity unused after his manufacturing facility shut down throughout the pandemic.
The two males, in flip, equipped round 8 litres of it to 2 individuals.
It led to the dying of 21 individuals in Villupuram and Chengalpattu districts. At least 30 others are receiving therapy at numerous hospitals.
The police chief claimed the remaining 1,192 litres of methanol has been seized, which has averted a bigger tragedy. Ilayanambi, he added, offered the “1,200 litres for Rs 60,000”. Stock verification of methanol shall be undertaken in any respect factories and manufacturing items utilizing methanol, the police mentioned.
The incident is seen as a failure of the regulation enforcement companies, and the state authorities has suspended 10 law enforcement officials, together with the Superintendent of Police Villupuram and two deputies.
The prime cop of Chengalpattu has been transferred.
Assuring that steps are being taken to plug the provision of commercial methanol, Chief Minister MK Stalin has introduced Rs 10 lakh aid for the households of those that died.
The Opposition AIADMK and the BJP have slammed the ruling DMK over the problem, calling it “incompetent”.