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Bootleg liquor destroys a minimum of 41 on Indian tea plantation as numerous fall ill

A minimum of 41 Indian tea plantation employees have passed away from having toxic bootleg liquor after obtaining their weekly wages, and 20 are badly ill in hospital, a government minister claimed on Friday.

The deaths are available less than two weeks after more than 100 people passed away after taking tainted alcohol in northern India.

A minimum of seven women were among the died at the plantation in the northeastern state of Assam, 310 km from the state’s economical capital, Guwahati.

“So far 41 people have passed away after consuming spurious liquor,” Assam Power Minister Tapan Gogoi informed Reuters by mobile phone.

Some other 45 people have been hospitalized and 20 are in a critical state after nearly 100 people had taken the liquor on Thursday, local lawmakers from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party informed Reuters.

Dilip Rajbnonshi, a doctor at the government hospital in Golaghat, claimed the deaths were because of “spurious country liquor”.

Deaths from illegally generated alcohol, known locally as hooch or country liquor, are common in India, where many cannot afford branded spirits.

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