India toxic alcohol deaths jump to 133

22 tea workers die after drinking spurious liquor in Assam

In order to ensure that there is no shortage of doctors in attending to the patients, medical professionals have been rushed to Jorhat and Golaghat from Assam Medical College Hospital, Dibrugarh, Gauhati Medical College Hospital, and Tezpur Medical College Hospital, Sonitpur.

Sixteen people have already been arrested according to Reuters.

The death toll due to consumption of illicit liquor in India's northeastern state of Assam Sunday rose to 156, local government officials said. The death toll had soared to 102 by Saturday night.

The Excise department has intensified it's drive against illicit spurious liquor across the state following the deaths.

Expressing concern over the deaths, the Chief Minister directed Upper Assam Divisional Commissioner Julie Sonowal to inquire into it and submit a report to the government within a month.

The Assam liquor tragedy comes nearly two weeks after more than 100 people died from drinking tainted alcohol in two northern Indian states, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, in the worst such case in the country since 2011.

Chief Minister Sonowal has also assured the families of the victims of hooch tragedies that the guilty would be brought to book.




Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday expressed condolences in a Facebook post saying, "I am saddened by the incident which occurred in Assam's Golaghat area".

A large number of labourers of two tea estates of Golaghat and Jorhat districts had fallen ill after drinking spurious liquor on Thursday night and many od them died in the past few days.

"A total of 160 people are undergoing treatment at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH)". These deaths were reported from Saharanpur, and Kushinagar districts in Uttar Pradesh, and Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

"Initially most of the patients were from the tea garden areas but now we are getting patients from the urban areas also".

Indians arrange the bodies of victims who died after allegedly drinking toxic bootleg liquor in Assam's Golaghat district on February 22, 2019.

The incident is the latest in India's long battle to control fake or illegal alcohol, which is affordable and readily available to many impoverished people. The police has identified at least 17 other sellers, it said.

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