Con­tam­i­nated drink claims 22 lives in Iran

The Gulf Today - - MIDDLE EAST -

TEHRAN: At least 22 peo­ple have died in iran in three sep­a­rate in­ci­dents of poi­son­ing by adul­ter­ated boot­leg al­co­hol, the semi-ofi­cial ISNA news agency re­ported on Satur­day.

De­spite tough penal­ties in force for al­co­hol con­sump­tion since the Is­lamic revo­lu­tion of 1979, the con­sump­tion of smug­gled or boot­leg liquor con­tin­ues.

Cheap moon­shine is some­times adul­ter­ated with toxic methanol in place of ethanol, the al­co­hol found in prop­erly dis­tilled spir­its.

The largest num­ber of deaths was re­ported in the south­ern port city of Ban­dar Ab­bas, where 16 peo­ple died ac­cord­ing to ISNA.

“The num­ber of peo­ple hos­pi­talised due to al­co­hol poi­son­ing has reached 168 so far,” it quoted pro­vin­cial med­i­cal school spokes­woman Fate­meh Norouzian as say­ing.

“Six­teen of them un­for­tu­nately lost their lives and eight are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.”

Ban­dar Ab­bas po­lice chief, Es­mail Mashayekh, told ISNA that a mar­ried cou­ple had been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of pro­duc­ing the liquor while the sus­pected dis­trib­u­tor was also de­tained.

ISNA re­ported three deaths in a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent in the north­ern prov­ince of Al­borz.

“Twenty- ive peo­ple have been poi­soned in the last 72 hours, three of whom have al­ready died,” it quoted pro­vin­cial emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices chief Mehrdad Babayi as say­ing.

Babayi said 17 peo­ple re­mained in hospi­tal, some of whom were not out of dan­ger.

In North Kho­rasan prov­ince in the north­east, 25 peo­ple were treated for poi­son­ing in the past 10 days of whom three died, po­lice chief Alireza Maza­heri told the ofi­cial IRNA news agency.

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