Ten people who have connections to the spirits has been arrested by the indian police. Samples of the sprite are sent for analysis, but it is assumed that it contains methanol, even in relatively small quantities may lead to blindness or even death.
Earlier in the weekend, the indian authorities reported that around 200 people are treated in hospital after drinking the booze. Several of them have the condition described as critical.
many of whom are women, work in the tea plantations and to have drunk of the booze after they received their weekly wage paid. According to local authorities, however all of them almost immediately after they consumed alcohol.
It is not uncommon that the poor in India are dying due to illegally produced alcohol. Massförgiftningen in the state of Assam comes less than two weeks after that around 100 people have died from dangerous toxic alcohol in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in northern India.
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