Actor Suriya bats for prohibition policy, calls Tamil Nadu hooch case 'alarming'

actor suriya bats for prohibition policy, calls tamil nadu hooch case 'alarming'

Actor Suriya bats for prohibition policy, calls Tamil Nadu hooch case 'alarming'

In a strongly worded statement, popular actor Suriya on Friday condemned the Tamil Nadu administration for failing to stop the sale of illicit liquor as the death toll in Kallakurichi hooch tragedy rose to 53.

Suriya, known for his films like 'Soorarai Pottru' and 'Jai Bhim', also suggested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin enact a prohibition policy in the state.

The actor underscored that prohibition ends up being nothing more than an "election slogan" for all political parties.

"I hope that the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu will take decisions in the interest of the people with respect to the prohibition policy," the Tamil actor and film producer said.

Calling the incident "alarming", Suriya said more than a hundred people were still hospitalised and the deaths and the cries of the victims were heart-wrenching.

"50 deaths in a small town is a tragedy that does not happen even during calamities such as storms, rain and floods," he further said.

Highlighting the Villupuram hooch tragedy that claimed 22 lives last year, Suriya said that a short-term solution to a long-term problem would not work.

"The government had promised to take serious action. Now, people have died after drinking the same poisonous alcohol mixed with methanol in the neighbouring district. It is very sad that no change has taken place till now," he stated.

"Addicts who drink for Rs 150 in TASMAC buy illicit liquor for Rs 50 and drink it when they have no money," the actor said.

However, the actor said it was comforting to see that the government and administration were working to reduce such deaths.

Urging immediate steps, Suriya said rehabilitation centres should be started in every district. "Just as the government implements visionary action plans for the advancement of students in education, similar programs for the rehabilitation of alcoholics should be devised and implemented," he said.

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