84 killed by bad liquor near Mum­bai

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD - By Shashank Ben­gali

MUM­BAI, In­dia — At least 84 peo­ple died af­ter drink­ing home­made liquor in a poor neigh­bor­hood near Mum­bai, the dead­li­est such case in the city in more than a decade, of­fi­cials said Satur­day.

Five peo­ple were ar­rested and eight po­lice of­fi­cers sus­pended pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of how the il­licit liquor was al­lowed to be sold at a neigh­bor­hood shack, Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Rakesh Maria told re­porters.

The deaths oc­curred in the Laxmi Na­gar slum in the sub­urb of Malad. Of­fi­cials said all the vic­tims con­sumed the liquor Wed­nes­day night and ap­par­ently suf­fered methanol poi­son­ing.

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