India Cheap alcohol kills in India

23:26  03 august  2020
23:26  03 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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L’alcool frelaté se vend à petits prix en Inde, il a fait 98 morts dans le Pendjab ces derniers jours. © AFP / NARINDER NANU Adulterated alcohol is sold cheaply in India, killing 98 people in Punjab in recent days.

98 people have died after consuming adulterated alcohol in a northern state.

About a thousand people die each year in India due to smuggled alcohol according to the National Crimes Records Bureau. In recent days, 98 people have died in Punjab, a region in northwest India, after drinking illegally produced alcohol.

Traffickers often add methanol to preparations to increase the alcohol content of their drinks. This very toxic product is generally used as an antifreeze or fuel.

A price accessible even to the poorest

Alcohol distilled and then resold in underground establishments sells for ten rupees (or eleven euro cents) per liter of alcohol. Its low price makes it accessible even to the poorest. Of the five billion liters of alcohol consumed annually in India, 40% are illegally produced drinks according to the International Spirits and Wines Association of India.

On Twitter, the opposition to the Punjab government called on him to curb the alcohol mafia. Regional police quickly carried out around 100 raids in all districts of Punjab where deaths have occurred since Sunday. About twenty-five people were arrested. Some accomplices would be part of the public services. The State of Punjab will pay € 2,000 to the families of the victims.

Last Friday, nine people died in Andhra Pradesh, in the south-east of the country, after consuming a derivative of hydroalcoholic gel for lack of access to alcohol in stores.

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