Thursday, December 15, 2011

143 die by drinking toxic alcohol in India

[ via BBC India ] 15 Dec

At least 143 people are now known to have died after consuming toxic alcohol in India's West Bengal state.

Residents of 12 villages in the South 24 Parganas district fell ill after drinking the alcohol. Dozens more people are being treated in hospital, with fears the death toll could rise. Many died at home, fearing police would take action against them.

It may be added that the trend od drinking cheap toxic alcohol is very common among the poor labour class of Indian downtrodden rural areas.

The West Bengal state government has ordered a criminal investigation into the deaths.

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