At least 27 people have been killed, and a further 30 have been hospitalised, following the consumption of toxic alcohol in the western city of Mumbai, in India.
At least 27 people have been killed after consuming toxic alcohol in India’s western city of Mumbai (Bombay), local police say. They said residents of a slum in the Malad area fell ill after drinking the alcohol on Wednesday morning.
More than 30 people are being treated in hospitals, amid fears that the death toll could rise.
Toxic alcohol deaths are a regular occurrence in India, where people often drink cheap country liquor.
One suspect has been detained in the latest case.
Tayra Khan, wife of one of the victims, told the Mid-Day newspaper that her husband was admitted to hospital early on Thursday after “he complained of vomiting and pain in the stomach”.
“He died three hours later, leaving me and my three little children alone.”
At least 29 people were killed after consuming toxic alcohol in Uttar Pradesh state in January.
There have been several other incidents of toxic alcohol deaths in India in recent years. Nearly 170 people died in 2011 in the eastern state of West Bengal, while at least 30 people were killed in Uttar Pradesh in September 2009. More than 100 people were killed in Gujarat in July 2009