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WorldDeadly brew: At least 76 people die in India after drinking bootleg liquor

23:35  10 february  2019
23:35  10 february  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Police arrest eight suspected bootleggers after victims in poor Indian villages drank alcohol containing toxic methanol. In two separate incidents, senior police officer Ashok Kumar said 26 people died in the state of Uttar Pradesh, 306km east of capital New Delhi, while 13 others died in the neighbouring

PATNA, India -- At least 12 people have died after drinking bootleg liquor in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, police said Wednesday. Deaths from drinking illegally brewedalcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor . Such drinks are often spiked with chemicals

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NEW DELHI —At least 76 people have died in northern India after drinking bootleg liquor, the latest in several tragedies caused by illegal alcohol that turned out to be poisonous.

The deaths were in two neighboring states, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

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Tainted liquor has killed at least 36 people since Thursday in the Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, said Alok Kumar Pandey, the local administrator. The district is about 130 miles from New Delhi, the nation’s capital.

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At least 65 people have died in India 's western city of Ahmedabad after drinking bootleg liquor and the death toll could rise, police said on Thursday. Police chief S.S.Khandwawala told reporters that at least 32 people have been arrested in connection with brewing and supplying the liquor .

At least 70 people have died and another 27 fallen sick from drinking cheap spurious liquor containing toxic methanol in several villages in northern Senior police officer Ashok Kumar said 26 died in two separate incidents in the state of Uttar Pradesh, 306 km east of capital New Delhi, while

The autopsies are not yet complete, Pandey said, and the death toll is likely to rise. Other victims are being treated in local hospitals, and “doctors are trying their best to save their lives.”

In a neighboring district in Uttarakhand, 32 people died after consuming illegal liquor served to them as part of a mourning ritual.

Authorities say they believe the two incidents are linked, with mourners probably having made the journey from Uttar Pradesh to Uttarakhand to transport liquor to sell.

Eight people also died in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh in an unconnected tragedy in a village in the district of Kushinagar. Residents there drank tainted liquor at a fair organized to celebrate a festival, said Rajeev Narayan Mishra, the district administrator. He began receiving reports of the deaths on Thursday.

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Deaths from drinking illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor . LUCKNOW, India – A bad batch of bootleg liquor killed at least 28 people and sent 160 others to hospitals in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said Tuesday.

SANGRAMPUR, India - Bootleg liquor containing toxic methanol killed 143 people and sickened dozens more who drank the cheap, illicit brew bought at small shops in eastern India , officials said Thursday. Police arrested 10 suspected bootleggers . Emergency medical teams rushed to the village

Deaths from illicit liquor are common in India, where illegally brewed alcohol is often consumed for reasons including poverty and geographic isolation. Bootleggers have been known to add methanol, a toxic substance used in antifreeze, to such brews; it can also be present because of a mistake in the brewing process.

The state government in Uttar Pradesh has made dozens of arrests in the wake of the deaths and suspended local bureaucrats and police officers. “Whoever is responsible will not be spared,” said Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, according to a media report. He also announced compensation for relatives of the deceased and those undergoing treatment in hospitals.

According to the latest figures from India’s National Crime Records Bureau, 1,522 people died of drinking spurious liquor in 2015 — nearly all of them men.

In 2015, more than 100 people died in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, after consuming illegal liquor. The victims were mostly laborers with daily wages who lived in one of the city’s slums and who bought small plastic packets of bootleg alcohol for less than 10 cents, according to media reports. It was the worst such tragedy to hit the city in a decade.

Another mass poisoning due to bootleg liquor took place in 2011 in the state of West Bengal, where more than 140 people died.

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Saurabh Sharma in Lucknow, India, contributed reporting.

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