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India toxic alcohol kills 84 in Mumbai

A family member of one of the men who was killed after consuming alcohol Image copyright Anushree Fadnavis/Indus images
Image caption A family member of one of the men who were killed after consuming alcohol

At least 84 people have been killed after consuming toxic alcohol in India's western city of Mumbai (Bombay), local police say.

They say residents of a slum in the Malad area fell ill after drinking the alcohol on Wednesday morning.

More than 30 other people are being treated in hospitals, and the death toll could rise further.

Toxic alcohol deaths are a regular occurrence in India, where people often drink cheap country liquor.

Five suspects have been detained in the latest case.

Eight police personnel were suspended for suspected negligence following the incident, local media reported.

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."

Outlook India magazine quoted a police official as saying they were going door to door trying to locate more potential victims.

As a result of the search eight people have already been admitted to hospital, the official said.

At least 29 people were killed after consuming toxic alcohol in Uttar Pradesh state in January.

India has witnessed many other incidents of toxic alcohol deaths in the past:

  • Nearly 170 people died in 2011 in the eastern state of West Bengal
  • At least 30 people were killed in Uttar Pradesh in September 2009
  • More than 100 people were killed in Gujarat in July 2009
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Image caption A number of people have been admitted to hospital, amid fears the death toll could rise
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Image caption One suspect has been detained by police
Image copyright Anushree Fadnavis/Indus images
Image caption Toxic alcohol deaths are a regular occurrence in India, where people often drink cheap country liquor

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