39 dead after drinking bootlegged, spurious liquor in northern India

Number Of Deaths Rises To 29 In Uttar Pradesh Poisonous Liquor Tragedy

39 dead after drinking bootlegged, spurious liquor in northern India

Likewise, in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh nine deaths have taken place owing to the consumption of spurious alcohol.

The city of Saharanpur's top administrative officer said a man had distributed some 30 pouches of the poisonous liquor that caused the deaths, Indian broadcaster NDTV reported.

Spurious alcohol deaths are often reported in India, where people often drink cheap country made bootleg liquor.

In some of the worst cases of such poisoning, 200 people died in 1992 in Odisha state, 180 in West Bengal in 2011 and 100 in the city of Mumbai in 2015.

Kumar said victims consumed liquor during two customary functions on Thursday night, adding that the post-mortem and initial forensic reports suggested the brew was laced with methanol.

This may have led to more casualties, official said, but the investigation into this is still on.

Authorities suspended the excise inspector, two head constables and two constables of the department. Earlier, Saharanpur district magistrate Alok Pandey said people from Nangal and adjoining villages in his district had started falling ill when they returned home from Balupur on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a probe into the incident and announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those who died and Rs 50,000 each to those undergoing treatment.

Many of the Saharanpur victims were not immediately admitted to hospital as the area was hit by rain and a hailstorm, he said. By Saturday afternoon, the combined death too had risen to 70.

The number of people who have died after drinking illegally brewed alcohol in northern India rose to 72 on Saturday as authorities launched a crackdown and suspended police and officials.

UP CM also directed the state's DGP to take stock of the situation and fix responsibility of the police in two districts where several deaths due to spurious liquor were reported. In Uttarakhand, 13 excise department personnel and four policemen have been placed under suspension.

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