West Bengal liquor tragedy claims 20 lives

May 5th, 2009 - 1:59 pm ICT by ANI  

Tamluk (West Bengal), May 5 (ANI): At least 20 people died and more than 134 fell seriously ill after consuming illicit liquor in Tamluk region of West Bengal.

The victims were taken to Tamluk Government Hospital, and 14 of them were said to be critical.

Other victims might be shifted to Kolkata to get proper treatment.

Angered by the deaths of the villagers, an angry mob brandishing sticks, attacked the hooch outlets in the village.

The State Government has ordered an enquiry into the incident and also ordered the closure of all illicit liquor shops in the region.

In January, 27 people had lost their lives and several had fallen ill after consuming illicit liquor in Kidderpore region of West Bengal.

The state police had also arrested six people in connection with the incident. (ANI)

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