Canada In India, wave of adulterated alcohol poisoning kills many

17:05  02 august  2020
17:05  02 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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• Methanol poisoning can be treated if diagnosed within 10-30 hours of ingestion • While methanol is naturally occurring and we all carry methanol in our from dietary exposure from fruit and vegetables, the consumption of methanol from bootleg alcohol can overwhelm our ability to metabolize methanol.

Hundreds of people die in India each year after drinking bootleg alcohol from backstreet distilleries. On Friday, Punjab's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an inquiry into the deaths. Reports suggest the illegal liquor may have been produced in bulk, sold to roadside cafe owners and then distributed to

Près d'une centaine de personne sont mortes dans l'État du Pendjab, en Inde, après avoir bu de l'alcool frelaté. © STR / AFP Almost 100 people have died in the state of Punjab, India, after drinking adulterated alcohol.

In India, a wave of adulterated alcohol poisoning is underway in the state of Punjab, where at least 86 people have already been killed. Police carry out major raids and arrests in an attempt to limit the tragedy.

From our correspondent in Bangalore, Côme Bastin

This Sunday morning, August 2, victims continued to flow into Indian hospitals in the Punjab. Almost 100 people have died this week consuming adulterated alcohol in this northwestern state of India . Most died in the small town of Tarn Taran, but several deaths also took place in Amritsar, the largest city in Punjab.

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Alcohol prohibition in India is in force in the states of Bihar, Gujarat, Mizoram and Nagaland as well as in the union territory of Lakshadweep. All other Indian states and union territories permit the sale of alcohol .

In El Salvador, as many as 122 people died in 2000 as a result of drinking low quality liquors sold in unauthorized shops that were found to be adulterated with methanol.[14] The incident prompted the See also: List of alcohol poisonings in India . ^ " India toxic alcohol ' kills 17' in Andhra Pradesh".

Makeshift alcohol consumption is common and kills hundreds of people every year in India . The traffickers add toxic ingredients such as methanol to increase the alcohol content of their spirits.

Police raids on the rise

The scale of this poisoning, which could worsen the toll, shocks all of India. Police have carried out more than 100 raids within Mafia cartels and arrested 25 people, including suspected accomplices in the public services. The state of Punjab has also pledged 2,000 euros to the families of the victims.

New Delhi Chief Minister called on the Central Bureau of Investigation to take up the matter at the national level. The Indian capital is in fact often faced with similar poisonings. On Friday, July 31, 10 people died after drinking alcohol derived from hydroalcoholic gel in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

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