A state government statement said six police officers and seven other government officials have been suspended for failure to prevent the sale of tainted liquor as a magistrate began a probe into the deaths reported from three state districts of Tarn Taran, Amritsar and Batala.
Over the past three days another 48 deaths were reported in the three districts, Lal told The Associated Press.
"I have ordered a magisterial enquiry into suspected spurious liquor deaths in Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran".
Mann sought a probe by a sitting judge into the matter.
"Congress legislators, police officials and liquor mafia are responsible for the hooch tragedy".
Nobody will be allowed to get away with feeding poison to our people, he said in an official statement here.
Tarn Taran DC Kulwant Singh said some families had even cremated the bodies without informing police. The problem is deep rooted and there is a big nexus. "There should be a probe by the CBI".
Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal attacked the state government, alleging that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh heads a "murderous" government, which has the "blood of more than 80 Punjabis on its hands".
Gupta said Saturday that police have conducted more than 100 raids across three districts in the wake of the deaths, arresting at least 25 people so far.
A magisterial inquiry had ordered with the mandate to submit its report within a month, he said, asking what was the need for CBI to take over the case when the local police was handling it so effectively. In another case, two kingpins behind an illicit liquor distillery operating in Patiala district were arrested on May 22 and June 13 this year, and on July 10, a challan was filed in the court, he said.
He asked the Delhi Chief Minister "not to exploit the tragic affair for reviving his defunct Aam Aadmi Party's stake in the state".