Dozens die drinking illegally-brewed alcohol in India

Leroy Wright
February 11, 2019

Over 200 people have been detained and cases registered against the persons for manufacturing and selling liquor without authorization.

Uttar Pradesh state police officer Ashok Kumar said Monday that 49 people died in two separate incidents in that state while 30 people who consumed a toxic brew in neighboring Uttarakhand state also died.

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

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.

Roorkee (Uttarakhand) [India], Feb 10 (ANI): Death toll due to consumption of illicit liquor in Roorkee touched 32 on Saturday.

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A break down of the tragedy reveals that 64 deaths were reported on Saturday from Saharanpur and Haridwar - adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand states respectively.

The action has been taken following instructions from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Around 1,066 liters of hooch have been seized during the raid and over 50 people detained in state, reports said.

A show cause notice has also been issued to the higher officials of the Enforcement Wing of Excise Department for dereliction of duty.

Thirty-nine people have died in northern India and more than two dozen others have fallen sick after drinking bootleg liquor containing toxic methanol.

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

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