At least 28 died and 60 others became ill from consuming tainted liquor in India’s western state of Gujarat.
Senior government official Mukesh Parmar said the poisonings happened in the Ahmedabad and Botad districts.
Most of the victims reportedly consumed the tainted liquor on Sunday night and were admitted into hospitals last Monday.
According to Gujarat Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia, the victims consumed poisonous methyl alcohol that was mixed into the illegal liquor sold in the region.
“A forensic analysis has established that the deceased consumed methyl alcohol. We have booked 14 people on charge of murder and other offences and already detained most of the accused,” said Bhatia.
Consumption of bootleg or homemade liquor is rampant in Gujarat because its sale and distribution are banned there.
In 2020, at least 120 people died after drinking tainted liquor in the neighboring Punjab state.
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