Police were looking for him for the past five days and had announced a reward of Rs 10,000 for his arrest. DGP Vivek Johri confirmed the arrest and said Kirar was nabbed by MP police with assistance from Chennai cops.
On the same day, the Madhya Pradesh government razed Kirar’s house in Chera village, the epicentre of the hooch tragedy. “Villagers undergoing treatment in hospital have said that they had got the liquor from three persons. When the trio was questioned, they named Mukesh Kirar as the main supplier,” said Kailaras subdivisional police officer Sashi Bushan Raghuvanshi. The other three suspects are in custody.
The deadly liquor affected people in four hamlets of Morena — Manpur Prithvi, Chera, Paoli and Bilaiyapura in Jaura tehsil. At least a dozen men are still in hospital.
A special investigation team (SIT), headed by additional chief secretary (home) Rajesh Rajora, has investigated the hooch tragedy and is expected to submit its report to the government on Sunday, sources say. ADGCID A Sai Manohar and DIG Mithilesh Shukla were part of the probe team.
The incident triggered an administrative shakeup. The collector and SP were transferred on chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s orders. The entire staff of Baghchini police station was removed on charges of negligence, and its officer in charge Avinash Singh Rathore and two beat constables suspended. Morena subdivisional police officer Sujit Bhadira and excise officer Javed Khan were suspended as well.