Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

29 people died and dozens were taken to hospitals after drinking adulterated alcoholic beverages in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

MS Prasanth, the district’s chief official, told the Press Trust of India news agency on Thursday that the accident occurred in the state’s Kalakurichi district, where more than 100 people are being treated in various hospitals.

The number of those in critical condition is constantly changing, indicating that the death toll may rise, the official said.

Ambulances, doctors and specialists from neighboring areas were deployed in the area to provide immediate medical assistance.

State Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote in a post on the X platform that those involved in the crime have been arrested.

The Prime Minister added that action had been taken against officials who failed to prevent the incident, stressing that such crimes would be suppressed with an iron fist.

It is noteworthy that in 2022, more than 30 people died in eastern India after consuming contaminated alcoholic beverages that were sold without a license, and in 2020, at least 120 people died after consuming counterfeit alcoholic beverages in the state of Punjab, in the north of the country.

 

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