More than 100 dead after drinking bootleg alcohol in India

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 11, 2019

Officials in Uttar Pradesh could not be reached for latest casualty figures on Monday, but at least 69 people have died in the state, according to newspapers Indian Express and Times of India.

Police in India have launched an investigation after dozens have died from drinking bootleg alcohol in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

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.

Post-mortem and initial forensic reports suggested that the brew was laced with methanol.

In Rorkee of Haridwar district in Uttarakhand the death toll has risen to 28 and many others are hospitalized. About 24 people are admitted to the hospital.

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The district magistrate of Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, Alok Kumar Pandey, said last week that doctors had concluded many victims died "due to liver infection and problems in their respiratory system". Around 1,066 liters of hooch have been seized during the raid and over 50 people detained in state, reports said.

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

Cheap, locally-made liquor is common in parts of rural India and bootleggers often add methanol - a highly toxic form of alcohol sometimes used as an anti-freeze - to their product to increase its strength.

"The viscera examination on more bodies is yet to be conducted to find out if these too were alcohol-related deaths", an official said.

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