Police say the demise toll in northern India from tainted bootleg liquor has risen to 79 individuals.

Uttar Pradesh state police officer Ashok Kumar stated Monday that 49 individuals died in two separate incidents in that state whereas 30 individuals who consumed a poisonous brew in neighboring Uttarakhand state additionally died.

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Publish mortems discovered that the liquor contained methanol, generally known as wooden alcohol, a chemical that assaults the central nervous system.

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Uttar Pradesh authorities spokesman Awanish Awasthi stated greater than 3,000 individuals have been arrested in a drive towards tainted liquor since Feb. 9.

Bootleg liquor operations flourish in rural India, the place many individuals cannot afford to purchase alcohol from state-approved retailers.

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Producers typically combine liquor with low cost chemical substances to extend efficiency and revenue.

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