Mumbai slums illegal liquor death toll up to 83

Sale of illegal liquor is common in certain areas of Mumbai, where it is almost half the price fixed by state government,

Mumbai slums illegal liquor death toll up to 83

World Bulletin / News Desk

The death toll has climbed sharply to 83 in a toxic liquor case in India’s western city of Mumbai, state officials said Saturday.

Another 28 victims, who had consumed the toxic liquor on Thursday, which was made in a shanty town in Malwani area in Malad, a Mumbai suburb,  died  on Saturday morning in various city hospitals, local media reported.

At least over a dozen victims reportedly remained in critical condition. TV images showed anxious relatives  outside city hospitals. 

More than 100 laborers complained of vomiting and stomach pain after consigning toxic liquor on Thursday and were immediately admitted to various city hospitals.

Most of those who died are poor laborers. The sale of illegal liquor is common in certain areas of Mumbai, where it is almost half the price fixed by the state government.

MumbaipPolice told reporters on Saturday said they had arrested two more persons in connection with the sale of illegal toxic liquor. Earlier on Friday, three people had been taken into custody for, among other charges, causing death by means of poison.

The rising death toll has angered people in Malwani locality in Malad who allege that the deaths were a result of links between illegal liquor traders and police officials. 

On Friday, Mumbai police suspended eight police officials for negligence and connivance after Maharashtra state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced the launch ofan official inquiry. 

The Democratic Youth Federation of India, a left-wing NGO, has planned a protest on Saturday evening to protest what is considered to be the second worst liquor-related tragedy in the city in a decade. 

Gopal Shetty, federal lawmaker of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, who represents Malad in India’s lower house of parliament, visited Malwani on Saturday and offered a compensation of $78 for each deceased to relatives.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Haziran 2015, 15:48