93 dead in India after drinking tainted liquor
93 dead in India after drinking tainted liquor

Ninety-three people have died and another 200 have been hospitalised after drinking tainted liquor in two separate incidents in India’s remote northeast, authorities said on Saturday.

The victims of one of the most deadly bootleg liquor-related incidents ever in India were mostly tea plantation workers in Golaghat and Jorhat districts in Assam state, government official Julie Sonowal told The Associated Press.

The workers consumed the tainted liquor laced with methyl alcohol — a chemical that attacks the central nervous system — on Thursday and started falling unconscious. They were rushed to nearby hospitals and the death toll rose to 84 by Saturday, according to Assam Home Commissioner Ashutosh Agnihotri.

 

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