A tragedy known as ‘ Punjab hooch tragedy’ was in the news on 1 August , 2020. It is reported to have struck somewhere mainly in rural areas of Amritsar , Taran-taran and Gurdaspur , becoming cause of death of 86 persons. Several Police and Excise personnel haven suspended by the Punjab Government , and a magisterial inquiry has been ordered. A sum of rupees two-lac has been announced as ex-gratia payment. Should such payment be at least 5 lac , there can be consistency with rest of the country in relation such-like tragedies.
While exact details of circumstances leading to the tragedy are likely to become known in the magisterial inquiry already ordered by the Punjab Government , newspaper reports are not ruling out strong probability of the role of such substances as ‘chemical or spirit’ in the preparation of the liquor consumed by the victims. It is being opined that the material used could have been denatured spirit generally used in paint or hardware industry. In the context of the tragedy , it may be apt to refer readers to this Vedic astrology writer’s predictive alerts for more care and appropriate strategy in article – “ Predictions for coming year 2020 by kushal kumar” – published last year 2019 on 10 October at theindiapost.com/articles/predictions-for-coming-year-2020-by-kushal-kumar/. Among other States , Punjab was also alerted for exercising more care and appropriate strategy in relation to ‘ chemical’ or such like substance lest it should cause major worrisome concern during May-June 2020. Later , through a separate predictive article , the worrisome period was identified as extending and covering from 11 July to 10 August in 2020. Viewing the situation post tragedy , it can be said that predictive alerts can guide as hint , requiring astute and smelling interpretation.
This writer has deep condolence for the family members of the victims. May God allow them spiritual strength to bear the life-long loss.
Kushal kumar ,
202-GH28 , Mansarovar Apartments ,
Sector 20 , Panchkula-134116 , Haryana.