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At least 28 die after consuming spurious liquor in northern India

Published: February 8, 2019

STORY: At least 28 people lost their life and several were hospitalized after consuming illicit toxic liquor in India’s northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand earlier this week, in separate cases.

In three separate incidents, twelve deaths were reported in Roorkee city while eight deaths in Kushinagar town and Saharanpur city each were recorded after the incident came to light. Some were also admitted in hospitals and were undergoing treatment after they complained of stomach ache.

Uttarakhand State’s Excise Minister, Prakash Pant said, 13 officials were suspended who were found guilty of negligence. While another man has been arrested in Saharanpur in this connection, according to media reports.

Mass deaths from drinking spurious liquor are common in India, where the poor often drink country-made liquor which is cheaper than regularised alcohol from licensed shops.

Often methanol, an immensely toxic form of alcohol used as an anti-freeze or fuel, is added to low-quality liquor as it is a cheap and quick way of upping the alcohol content.

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