Toxic Alcohol Kills 99 In India

Frederick Owens
February 11, 2019

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).

In Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar district, 8 deaths have been reported because of the consumption of hooch.

Numerous victims complained of stomach pains and respiratory problems before their death, officials said.

Deaths from illicit liquor, which is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase potency, are regularly reported in India. Postmortem reports suggested the deaths were caused by methanol alcohol toxicity which led to respiratory and cardiac failure, the Times of India reported.

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

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An estimated 91 people have died in Saharanpur and Haridwar, adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand states, after consuming the methanol-laced brew on Thursday. "We are trying to find out the main source of this illicit liquor".

According to the India's National Crime Records Bureau's latest figures, 1,522 people died from drinking spurious liquor in 2015 - almost all of them men. "We will soon [find] the main culprit behind this tragedy", Janmejay Khanduri, a senior Uttarakhand police official, said.

Officials say around 3,000 people have been arrested in recent days in an attempt to stem the sale of the deadly mixture.

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

A woman is consoled after her husband's death from bootleg alcohol in Saharanpur, northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India February 11, 2019.

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