The string of deaths was initially reported on Friday from Baalupur village near Bhagwanpur in Roorkee, where a day before on Thursday people from villages in the Saharanpur area as well as those from Bhagwanpur had gathered for a tehravi.
But on Saturday as the toll mounted and deaths of other people were reported, especially those from Saharanpur who had not come for the ceremony, investigating officials said they were trying to piece together afresh the trail of the liquor and where it was brewed and distributed. Haridwar SSP Janmejay Khanduri told TOI, “We have booked seven people who are suspected supplying the spurious liquor. Two persons have died . The remaining five are being interrogated.”