Police in India on Monday, May 21, confirmed that about 13 people have been feared dead after consuming toxic alcohol in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state.
According to Senior Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Kumar, five people died on Saturday and eight on Sunday after consuming the locally-brewed alcohol in Kanpur district.
News quoted Kumar as saying that 10 others are being treated at various hospitals and the death toll could rise.
So far 11 people suspected of being involved in the manufacture and sale of the alcohol have been arrested.
Following the latest incident, the sale of the spirit with brand name Madhuri-442 has been banned.
“We are carrying out raids to confiscate stores of the alcohol,” Kumar said.
An average of 1,000 people, mostly from the poorer sections of society, die in India each year after consuming locally brewed alcohol, according to National Crime Records Bureau.
Trade in locally brewed alcohol thrives in India, because it is much cheaper than commercially produced alcohol.
The liquor is usually made with poor-quality ingredients, and sometimes mixed with industrial alcohol and toxic substances and incidences of deaths from consuming such alcohol hit the headlines regularly.