More than three dozen die in bootleg liquor poisoning

Elias Hubbard
Февраля 11, 2019

In one district of Uttar Pradesh 59 people had died after consuming toxic alcohol, police spokesman Shailendra Kumar Sharma told AFP.

Authorites fear the toll will rise as deaths linked to illicit liquor have been reported in other regions. Authorities launched a crackdown and suspended police and officials.

The death toll had stood at 72 on Saturday.

The villagers had consumed the tainted liquor suspected of being laced with methanol on Thursday.

Twenty-two people were admitted to hospitals in Saharanpur but were in stable condition, Pandey said.

Police have arrested 30 people in the incident, including eight bootleggers. They seized hundreds of litres of tainted liquor in raids.

State authorities have ordered a probe into the tragedy, and many police officers and officials have been suspended on charges of negligence or collusion in connection with the illicit trade.

According to the National Crime Bureau around 1,000 people die in India each year after consuming illegally-brewed alcohol.

Cheap, locally-made liquor is common in parts of rural India and bootleggers often add methanol - a highly toxic form of alcohol sometimes used as an anti-freeze - to their product to increase its strength.

Almost 1,000 people die in the country each year after consuming illegally brewed alcohol, the National Crime Records Bureau data show.

In 2015, more than 100 people died in a Mumbai slum after drinking illegal moonshine.

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