New Delhi, January 15 – A government official in the western state of Rajasthan, India, said on the 15th that at least seven people in the state have died of poisoning due to drinking fake alcohol in the past few days, and several others have been hospitalized, eight of whom are critically ill.
The official confirmed to reporters by phone that the tragedy occurred in Perledpur district of the state, but the medical report of the deceased had not yet been released.
According to Indian media reports, since the evening of the 12th, more than a dozen villagers have developed symptoms of poisoning after drinking local private fake wine, and seven people died in three days.
Preliminary findings indicate that the victim is methanol poisoning. The local police have opened an investigation into the case and arrested five people.
In rural India, illegal merchants often sell fake alcohol mixed with industrial alcohol, resulting in poisoning deaths of consumers.
A counterfeit liquor case also occurred in rural Morena, Madhya Pradesh, on the 11th of this month, which has killed 24 people.
At the end of July 2020, there was a counterfeit liquor case in Punjab, India, and more than 100 people died from drinking fake alcohol.