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86 dead in India after drinking tainted alcohol

86 dead in India after drinking tainted alcohol

Punjab's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered an inquiry into the deaths of 86 people due to tainted alcohol in the region.

Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Officials say at least 86 people have died this week after drinking illegally-made alcohol in the northern Indian state of Punjab.

Punjab's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an inquiry into the deaths Friday.

Bootleg alcohol from street distilleries, which is much cheaper than branded liquor but also often contains dangerous ingredients like methanol, kills hundreds of people in India each year.

In February 2019, for example, a bad batch of liquor killed 85 people in India and sickened hundreds of others.

Source: www.upi.com
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