At least 105 people in Punjab, northern India, have died as a result of drinking tainted alcohol, local authorities said on Monday.
The victims, residents of the Batala, Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts, fell ill last Wednesday and the first death occurred on the same day. 80 people have already died in Tarn Taran and another 25 people in Amritsar and Batala.
The police arrested around 30 people for producing and selling this alcohol and conducted dozens of searches that seized thousands of liters of this alcoholic beverage. The Punjab government has suspended seven officials and six agents for “sponsoring the wrong liquor trade”.
In India, it is common to buy homemade alcohol and is usually illegal because it is much cheaper. Last year, 151 people, mostly tea plantation workers, died as a result of the runner of these artisanal liqueurs in the worst event of 2019. Every year, an average of a thousand people die from these causes in the country.