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Kolkata: Nearly six years since 173 people had died after consuming spurious country liquor at Sangrampur in South 24-Parganas, a court in Kolkata today pronounced four among the accused guilty.

Alipore district court judge Parthasarathi Chakraborty produced the verdict today while reserving the sentencing for tomorrow.

The four pronounced guilty include country liquor manufacturer Nur Islam Fakir alias Badsha. They were among the 11 accused arrested by the CID in an FIR registered at Usthi police station. The rest seven have been acquitted for want of incriminating evidence against them.

All of them were lodged in jail custody along with 12 others arrested on the basis of a separate FIR at Mogra police station for the same liquor deaths. The Mogra case verdict is also expected soon.

In the Usthi police station case, judge Chakraborty has found the four guilty under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including section 304 that pertains to culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Legal experts said that punishment under this section can go up a life in jail for the convicts.

The sentencing scheduled for tomorrow will bring down a curtain, even if partially, on the December 2011 spurious liquor deaths that had resulted in a sensation in Bengal.

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