More than 86 dead in Punjab after drinking bootleg alcohol

August 2, 2020: At least 86 people have died in Punjab after drinking illegally-made alcohol on late Friday evening.

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August 2, 2020: At least 86 people have died in Punjab after drinking illegally-made alcohol on late Friday evening.

As per reports, Punjab police had carried out more than 100 raids, confiscating supplies of the suspected liquor and arrested 25 people in connection to the incident.

The number of dead has steadily risen in the last few days.

On Friday, Punjab's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an inquiry into the deaths and has promised strict action against anyone found complicit in the case and directed police to launch a search operation to crack down on any spurious liquor manufacturing unit operating in the state.

Reports suggest the illegal liquor may have been produced in bulk, sold to roadside cafe owners and then distributed to local communities.

Hundreds of people die in India each year after drinking bootleg alcohol from backstreet distilleries.

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