Deaths from tainted liquor reach 84

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD - — As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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