Ahmedabad: Vinod Dagri alias Chandulal Chauhan, the Mehmedabad-based bootlegger who supplied the brew that has killed over a 130 persons so far, has fled Gujarat. At least that's what Gujarat's Director General of Police S S Khandwawala says. So far eight persons have been arrested in the Hooch deaths case and disciplinary action has been taken against 32 policemen.
Khandwawala admits the police-bootlegger menace is huge and decades old.
"Negligence on the part of the police is obvious. That's the reason action has been taken against such a large number of police officers," he said.
Meanwhile, at the Gujarat Vidhan Sabha, the Congress continued its demand for a debate on the Hooch tragedy. With the debate not allowed, the Congress staged a dharna outside the chamber of the Speaker and in true Gandhian style.
Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly, Shaktisinh Gohil said, "I believe the statements by Vijay Mallya (of Kingfisher) and Bal Thackeray (Shiv Sena chief) are part of a conspiracy by Narendra Modi himself. One one hand there is Modi's politics on the other, Gandhiji's ideals."
In Delhi too, the Congress party has sought a probe and demanded the dismissal of the Narendra Modi government. Congress MPs from Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha - led by Ahmad Patel - staged a demonstration outside Parliament on Monday. The Congress has also described Vijay Mallya's statement against prohibition as insensitive.
The BJP is clearly on the backfoot and has not allowed the Hooch death tragedy to be debated inside the House. It says the right forum is the commission that has been appointed to inquire into the matter.
Spokesperson Gujarat government, Jay Narayan Vyas said, "A commission of inquiry has been appointed and Congress members can air their views there."
The Congress may have politicised the hooch tragedy, but the BJP's approach smacks of arrogance. In the past one week, it has not allowed a debate on this issue in the Assembly.