14 dead, dozens ill from alcohol poisoning in India

2015-01-12 22:21


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Lucknow - At least 14 people died and dozens of others were seriously ill after consuming toxic liquor in northern India on Monday, officials said, in the latest incident of alcohol poisoning in the country.

The victims were rushed to various hospitals after the incident was reported in Kharta village near the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.

"The number of people who have now lost their lives due to alcohol poisoning has increased to 14 and around two dozen are being treated in the trauma centre of King George's Medical University," a local police spokesperson told AFP.

Local media reports gave a much higher number of victims in serious condition.

"At present 117 persons are admitted at the medical university and six are undergoing treatment at Balrampur hospital," the Press Trust of India news agency quoted the state's chief medical officer SNS Yadav as saying.

The state government said it was taking a serious view of the incident.

"The CM has... ordered a [statewide] drive against illegal liquor," Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's office said on Twitter.

His spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary told AFP that the government had suspended a dozen officials from different local departments over negligence.

"The guilty will not be spared," he said.

Mass deaths from consuming adulterated alcohol are common in India, where people often imbibe cheap country liquor.

Police arrested 12 people in October 2013 after more than three dozen villagers died from toxic home-brewed liquor in Uttar Pradesh.

Nearly 170 people died in 2011 in the eastern state of West Bengal from consuming moonshine.

Read more on:    india

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.