Deaths from tainted liquor reach 84
The death toll from tainted liquor in a Mumbai slum climbed to 84 in the worst incident of its kind in more than a decade, police said Saturday.
Another 31 people, 13 of them in serious condition, were being treated in hospitals after drinking the cheap liquor Wednesday night in Malad, said Deputy Commissioner Dhananjay Kulkarni.
Five people have been arrested and eight police officers suspended pending an investigation into how the illicit liquor was allowed to be sold over the counter from a neighborhood shack.
Officials said all those who died consumed the liquor Wednesday and apparently died from methanol poisoning. Methanol is a simple alcohol that can damage the human central nervous system.