Methanol-tainted alcohol kills 102 people in India's West Bengal

15 December 2011 07:16  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--The Indian authorities have warned of a rising death toll in West Bengal state after at least 102 people died from consuming methanol-tainted alcohol, according to a media report on Thursday.

Four people have been arrested after residents in the Sangrampur, Magrashat, Usthi and Mandirbazar areas in South 24 Parganas fell ill after drinking the alcohol on Wednesday evening, BBC said. Some 100 people are being treated in hospitals.

The illegal alcohol is widely known as desi daroo, and the liquor is usually spiked with methanol, also known as methyl alcohol, and industrial spirits, which can lead to fits, vomiting and death, the BBC added.

By: Samuel Wong

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