Sunday, August 2, 2020

India toxic alcohol: Dozens die in Punjab poisoning

The number of dead has risen steadily over the last few days

At least 86 people have died in recent days as a result of drinking illegally-made alcohol, officials in the northern Indian state of Punjab say.
On Saturday, police carried out more than 100 raids, confiscating supplies of the suspected liquor and making 25 arrests.
The number of dead has steadily risen in the last few days.
Hundreds of people die in India each year after drinking bootleg alcohol from backstreet distilleries.
On Friday, Punjab's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an inquiry into the deaths.
Reports suggest the illegal liquor may have been produced in bulk, sold to roadside cafe owners and then distributed to local communities.

Deaths from illegally produced alcohol, which is much cheaper than branded spirits, are common in parts of rural India.
Bootleggers often add methanol - a highly toxic form of alcohol sometimes used as an anti-freeze - to their mixture to increase its strength.
If ingested in even small quantities, methanol can cause blindness, liver damage and death.

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