At least 35 dead and a dozen have already been arrested in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh for consuming toxic alcohol. This has prompted the police to launch a macro-operation across the region to find those responsible.
The incident began in Aligarh city on Friday and the number of victims has increased as the results of the autopsies are known.
The current balance was provided by local MP Satish Gautam, but local media sources indicate that the death toll may be around 60.
Among those arrested is the alleged leader of a secret liquor trafficking network, and five other state officials are under investigation for negligence.
The state even starred in several such episodes this week. Early Tuesday, Hathras City Police arrested 85 people and confiscated 1,700 liters of illegal alcohol as part of the so-called “Operation Prahaar” against the consumption of illegal alcohol in the region, in which several people had already died last month.