Spurious liquor claims 16 lives (Lead)

May 18th, 2008 - 8:16 pm ICT by admin  

Bangalore/Hosur (Tamil Nadu), May 18 (IANS) Sixteen people died Sunday and 15 are in a serious condition after drinking spurious liquor in two separate incidents in Karnataka. Eight people died and 12 are seriously ill after drinking liquor in Kolar district of Karnataka, about 68 km from here, the police said.

Five people lost their lives in Narasapura village and three in Teykal village, Kolar Superintendent of Police Seemanth Kumar Singh told reporters.

In another incident, eight people, including three women, died after drinking spurious liquor during a funeral ritual Sunday in a Tamil Nadu village bordering Karnataka, a government official said.

Narasapura residents blocked roads in the area, alleging failure on the part of authorities to check manufacture and supply of spurious liquor. Singh visited the spot and pacified the protestors by promising action to curb sale of spurious liquor.

Dalit residents of a Tamil Nadu village consumed liquor in Anaikaal village, located across the border in Karnataka, in the early hours Sunday during the 13th day rituals of a funeral.

Three died after consuming what is suspected to be poisonous rectified spirit. Soon five others succumbed to the intoxicant, S. Nagarajan, the revenue officer in charge of Krishnagiri district, said.

An investigation, headed by superintendent of police P.C. Thenmozhi, has been ordered, the official added.

The remaining spurious liquor was seized and sent for examination. The condition of three people, including a woman, is serious, the official said.

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