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The death toll in the toxic country-made liquor tragedy in Assam rose to 143 by Sunday evening.

Excise officials said more than 100 cases have been registered after a crackdown on bootleggers and illicit brewers across Assam.

He also visited the victims of hooch tragedy undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital here and inquired about their health.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has already ordered an inquiry into the incident.

"In Jorhat Medical College Hospital 36 of those admitted in connection with the spurious liquor tragedy are women".

"Doctors from nearby districts and other medical colleges have been rushed in to deal with the crisis", Mr Sarma said after visiting patients at Jorhat, located some 300 kilometres east of the state's financial hub Guwahati.

One of the workers who is undergoing treatment at Golaghat Hospital told the BBC that he had been at a tea plantation on Thursday.

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The first victims died on Thursday, the administrator of the Golaghat district in Assam, Dhiren Hazarika, is quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse (AFP).

At least 35 people died and more than 40 took ill after consuming spurious liquor in Assam's Golaghat and Jorhat districts on Friday. 'We have sent samples for forensic examinations to ascertain the ingredients used in that particular lot of spurious liquor that led to the deaths of so many people, ' he added.

Relatives and neighbours at the house of Jagat Phukan in Jagibari village of Golaghat - one of the victims whose body lies packed in blue.

Meanwhile, the government has announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those who are hospitalised.

Parthompratim Saikai, Deputy Police Superintendent said, "Action is being taken against whoever is involved in the business of making liquor".

Sonowal said Saturday the guilty would not be spared, even as the opposition Congress accused the BJP government in Assam of not taking adequate steps to stop the sale of illicit liquor and demanded the resignation of the state excise minister.

In December 2011, hooch tragedy killed 172 people in South 24-Parganas district of West Bengal.


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