At least four persons have died and more than a dozen fell critically ill on Saturday after consuming illicit liquor in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur. Doctors fear the toll may rise.
The incident took place in Sichendi where a group of people consumed the adulterated liquor late on Friday, reported Eenadu.
They developed nausea and started vomiting early on Saturday. By the time they were rushed to nearby medical facilities, four of them died.
An FIR has been lodged against shop’s contractor, Shyam Balak, who is absconding, reported Times of India. Police identified the deceased as Rajendra Kamal (45), Umesh Shukla (32), Ratnesh Shukla (28), Umesh Chandra (31) and former SI Jagjivan Ram (62). Police said that the victims consumed liquor on Friday night and started vomiting.
“The symptoms suggest they had consumed poisonous liquor,” said a senior excise official at LLR Hospital.
A probe has been ordered and an investigation is underway.