Methanol-laced bootleg liquor kills at least 39 in India

Clay Curtis
February 11, 2019

"However, in the remaining cases unless the viscera report is not available, it is hard for doctors to ascertain clearly that the deaths were caused due to alcohol", A K Pandey, district magistrate Saharanpur said Saturday.

Officials says dozens more people are in hospitals recovering from the toxic brew.

Officials confirmed the death toll has mounted to 72, however, local media reports suggested the tragedy has claimed over 100 lives.

Family members of a hooch victim mourn at Chowdhurypara under Shantipur police station of Nadia district where seven people died and twelve fell ill after consuming spurious liquor locally called cholai.

Toxic alcohol has claimed almost 100 lives in northern India, with dozens still hospitalised, while more than 200 people are being held in a police crackdown, officials said on Sunday (Feb 10). Authorities launched a crackdown and suspended police and officials.

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The Saharanpur police, who are working on the assumption that the alcohol may have come from the same source, arrested 30 people, many of them bootleggers.

Alok Kumar Pandey, district magistrate, said a feast had taken place where several of the deaths occurred. They have seized hundreds of liters of so-called country-made liquor.

Authorities in the region also suspended over 30 officials, including 10 policemen, on charges of negligence or collusion in the illicit trade.

Later on Saturday, authorities in both states announced a compensation of 200,000 rupees (2,800 dollars) each to the relatives of those killed.

Bootleg liquor operations flourish in rural India, where many people can't afford to buy alcohol from state-approved shops.

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