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The number of deaths from bad alcohol in the Punjab region rises to 67

August 1, 2020

At least 67 people have died in the past few hours in three locations in the Indian state of Punjab in the north of the country as a result of drinking bad alcohol in the middle of this week.

Most of the deaths were farmers who had drunk alcohol from the same batch last Wednesday in Tarn Taran, Amritsar and Batala. The first deaths started on the same day and resulted in 21 deaths on Friday. 46 more deaths have been confirmed in the last 24 hours.

Most of the deceased were registered in Tarn Taran, 47 of them 20 in Amritsar and another 20 in Batala, according to the Times of India newspaper.

The number of deaths from bad alcohol in the Punjab region rises to 67
The number of deaths from bad alcohol in the Punjab region rises to 67

Police have launched an operation that is currently ending with a dozen prisoners, including local distillery owners and smugglers who take advantage of the high prices for official alcohol.

The result is that around 1,000 people die in the country every year. Last year, 151 people died in one of the worst alcohol poisonings in recent times.