AT LEAST 76 PEOPLE DIE IN IN­DIA AF­TER DRINK­ING BOOTLEG LIQUOR

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New Delhi — At least 76 people have died in north­ern In­dia af­ter drink­ing bootleg liquor, the lat­est in a series of tragedies caused by il­le­gal al­co­hol that turned out to be poi­sonous. The deaths were in two neigh­bor­ing states, Ut­tar Pradesh and Ut­tarak­hand. Tainted liquor has killed at least 36 people since Thurs­day in the Sa­ha­ran­pur dis­trict of Ut­tar Pradesh, said Alok Ku­mar Pandey, the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tor. The dis­trict is about 130 miles from New Delhi, the na­tion’s cap­i­tal. Deaths from il­licit liquor are com­mon in In­dia, where il­le­gally brewed al­co­hol is of­ten con­sumed for rea­sons in­clud­ing poverty and ge­o­graphic iso­la­tion. Boot­leg­gers have been known to add methanol, a toxic sub­stance used in an­tifreeze, to such brews.

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