BJP leader arrested in Aligarh liquor tragedy that killed over 100

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On Sunday, the police in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district have arrested Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rishi Sharma, the key accused in last month’s hooch tragedy which claimed more than 100 lives.

Sharma, who carried a reward of Rs 1 lakh, was arrested from the Bulandshahr border early on Sunday, Aligarh Senior Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani told PTI news agency.

Rishi Sharma’s wife and son were also arrested earlier.

“Earlier, the police had arrested accused Vipin Yadav, with Rs 50,000 reward on his arrest, and Rishi Sharma’s brother Munish Sharma carrying a bounty of Rs 25,000 in this case,” PTI quoted police officer as saying.

Till May 31, more than 100 deaths reported due to alcohol poisoning in the district.

Bhanu Pratap Kalyani, Aligarh’s chief medical officer, had told PTI then that 71 bodies were sent for postmortem analysis between May 28 and May 31 noon, and officials were trying to confirm the cause of death of the 35 others.

The police had been conducting raids across UP, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi to arrest the key accused in the case, who had been missing for 10 days.

As many as 61 people have been arrested so far and 17 first information reports have been filed in connection with the deaths.