At least 40 people died and more than fifty were hospitalized India Police sources said on Wednesday that they were consuming a powerful industrial chemical sold as alcohol in villages where liquor sales are strictly controlled.
So far 40 people have died from various villages in the district Throw it away and the city AhmedabadFrom Western State GujaratiAnother 51 people are receiving medical treatment in hospitals, Inspector General of Police Ashok Kumar told EFE.
The deaths began last Monday, after many from various communities Throw it away Y Ahmedabad He started coming to hospitals after consuming illegal liquor in the area.
Intensive raids have been carried out in these cities in recent days involving several government agencies, while authorities are urging people to go to medical centers if they have been drinking alcohol in recent days.
“If anyone in these towns has consumed this liquor, come and seek treatment,” we ask for public support.Kumar said.
The status of Gujarati It is governed by a strict law in force since 1949, which prohibits the sale, manufacture, supply and consumption of liquor, and imposes heavy fines and penalties against violations.
According to Kumar, people used methanol or methyl alcohol, diluted with water and sold as brandy to local people. Nine people have been arrested so far in connection with the incident and the police are looking for at least ten others.
One of those named is said to be the manufacturer of the drink consumed by the victims, made from the substance, sometimes used as an industrial solvent, and sold to small local traffickers.
Only in the state Gujarati According to official data, in the first six months of the year, 85,436 crimes related to the sale of illegal alcohol were registered and more than 60,000 defendants were arrested.
Head of Govt GujaratiBhupendra Patel of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist BJP called for a high-level meeting on the Potat incident yesterday.
According to her office, in her “Authorities advised to take strict action against those selling illegal drugs” He also asked for the investigation to be completed at the earliest.
Consumption of illicit and adulterated alcohol India It is generally produced in rural areas or in the most backward areas of cities due to its low cost.
These deaths due to consumption of adulterated liquor are becoming more frequent in the country, even where there is no regulation, with recent tragedies like the one in the tea plantations of a northeastern state. Assamese In 2019, at least 155 people died.
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