**Bhubaneswar:** Odisha Excise Minister Damodar Rout on Saturday claimed that death of Kartik Nayak, who died a day before his marriage, was not due to liquor.
Speaking to the reporters, Rout said, “My sources said that the man might not have died due to consumption of spurious liquor. However, the Collector is yet to submit the report.”
Notably, a youth named Kartik Nayak died on Friday, a day before his marriage after allegedly consuming spurious liquor. He was donned in groom’s attire ‘sherwani’, , turban, et al, before being cremated.
This incident occurred in the Kanjipeta village under Tihidi block of Bhadrak district.
According to reports, a group of youths consumed allegedly spurious liquor from a betel shop in the village. As soon as they consumed the adulterated liquor, they fell ill. All of them were admitted to a privately owned Salandi Hospital at Bhadrak as they were critically ill. Two of them breathed their last on that night itself.
Among the two deceased was Kartik Nayak whose marriage was scheduled to be held on Saturday.