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Nearly 200 Dead in India After Drinking Toxic Moonshine


India Liquor Deaths

People prepare to place the body of a toxic liquor victim onto a truck outside a hospital in Diamond Harbour, near Kolkata, India, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Bootleg liquor laced with toxic methanol killed scores of people and sickened dozens more who bought the illegal brew at small shops in eastern India, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Police in India have arrested ten people on suspicion of producing and distributing illegal moonshine that is responsible for killing upwards of 200 people and injuring hundreds more. Those injured were mostly manual laborers that purchased the liquor for around 20 cents for a half liter, which is around a third of the price of state-sanctioned alcohol. The drink, which is believed to have been mixed with methanol, can induce comas, cause blindness or death if consumed in high doses and it is estimated that one or two people across India die from tainted liquor every week.


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