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At least 84 dead, 200 hospitalised after drinking spurious liquor in Assam

Deaths from illegally produced alcohol, known locally as hooch or country liquor, are common in India, where many cannot afford branded spirits

Reuters 

At least 84 people have died from drinking toxic bootleg liquor in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, and around 200 others have been hospitalised, a government minister said on Saturday. The deaths come less than two weeks after more than 100 people died from drinking tainted alcohol in northern India. "Every 10 minutes we are getting reports of casualties from different places. So far about 200 people are in hospital with many of them critical," Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told Reuters via telephone. "Doctors from nearby districts and ...

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First Published: Sat, February 23 2019. 12:54 IST
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