Toxic Liquor Kills Nearly 100 In India

Indian police gather around containers of bootleg alcohol in 2017

Modal Trigger Indian police gather around containers of bootleg alcohol in 2017. AFP Getty Images

According to health officials almost two dozen people were still undergoing treatment inside hospital in these two districts and doctors fear the number of deaths could rise.

After drinking poisonous liquor in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, 40 people died after one by one.

Spurious alcohol deaths are often reported in India, where people often drink cheap country made bootleg liquor. Police officials said viscera examination on more bodies was yet to be conducted to find out if these too were alcohol-related deaths.

In Saharanpur district, the death toll climbed from 16 to 36, top administrative official Alok Pandey told dpa by phone on Saturday.

In the adjoining Haridwar district, the death toll had risen to 28 from 12 on Friday, Indian broadcaster NDTV reported.

The villagers had consumed the tainted liquor suspected of being laced with methanol on Thursday. About 24 people are admitted to the hospital.

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Police have arrested 30 people in the incident, including eight bootleggers.

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.

The local governments in both the states have announced a compensation of 2,806 US dollars to the next of kin of each of those who died in the tragedy and 700 USA dollars for those taken ill.

Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor can not afford licensed brands.

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

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