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Death toll in India’s toxic liquor consumption rises to 33

More than 45 people who had consumed the toxic liquor are undergoing treatment in hospitals in Bhavnagar and Ahmedabad.

• July 27, 2022
Toxic liquor
Toxic liquor [Photo Credit : Al Jazeera]

The death toll in the suspected toxic liquor consumption in the western Indian state of Gujarat rose to 33, according to state-run broadcaster All India Radio (AIR).

On Wednesday, it said more than 45 people who had consumed toxic liquor are undergoing treatment in Bhavnagar and Ahmedabad hospitals of the state.

According to officials, the condition of some of them was critical, and the death toll is likely to increase further.

“Among the deceased, 24 are from Botad district while nine are from Ahmedabad district,’’ the broadcaster said.

Officials said the people living in the three districts of Ahmedabad, Botad and Bhavnagar had consumed the toxic liquor.

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Tuesday held a high-level meeting and instructed the police to take action against all the illegal sellers of narcotics substances in the state.

However, the local government set up a three-member committee to conduct a detailed inquiry into the incident.

“The committee has been asked to submit its report to the government within three days,’’ AIR said.

Meanwhile, preliminary investigations carried out by the police revealed the bootleggers had mixed industrial solvent methyl alcohol with water and sold it as country-made liquor in single plastic pouches.

Police have registered three cases against 14 people under charges of murder and other offences.

A report so far says that eight of the accused have been detained.

Gujarat is a dry state with a complete ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol since 1960.

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

(Xinhua/NAN)

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