Bootleg hooch kills 17 in northern India

Bootleg hooch kills 17 in northern India

Dozens of villagers have died and more are fighting for their lives after buying cheap homemade alcohol in north India.

Hundreds of poor people die every year in India due to alcohol poisoning, mostly from consuming cheap hooch.

Police have arrested a local vendor on charges of culpable homicide and authorities have suspended 11 officials, including some police.

Two deaths each were reported in Etah and Farrukhabad, IG, (law and order) Hariom Sharma said here, adding the toll in Etah now has reached 31, while in neighbouring Farrukhabad it is six.

"Many of those who drank the liquor started vomiting and complained of severe abdominal pain before collapsing", police official Atul Kumar said.

The death toll has climbed to 29, the Times of India reported on Sunday.

The country-made bootleg liquor was consumed by people on Friday evening at Etah district, about 287 km from Lucknow city, the capital of Uttar Pradesh.

"V.sad to learn that many ppl have lost their lives in Etah, UP because of consuming spurious liquor.Those responsible must be brought to book (sic)", he said in another tweet.

Meanwhile to check manufacture and sale of illicit liquor, DGP Javeed Ahmed has issued strict directives to the officials in the districts to conduct a drive against the manufacture and sale of illicit liquor.

"The vendor obviously mixed some chemical in the last batch. police are investigating the matter", the officer, who requested anonymity, told AFP without specifying the chemical used in this case.

In April eight people including two soldiers died after drinking tainted liquor in the western desert state of Rajasthan.

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