Death toll in Bengal hooch tragedy reaches 115 The death toll in the illicit liquor tragedy in West Bengal has touched 115. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has now ordered a CID probe into the incident. According to the police, four people have been arrested. Another 263 people are still being treated at several hospitals battling for their lives including some in Kolkata after drinking the toxic brew, official sources said. The deaths were reported from various hospitals since early morning, they said. Most of the dead were poor labourers, rickshaw-pullers and hawkers, who fell ill after consuming spurious liquor from several illegal joints on Wednesday. A medical team was rushed to the area and the government has announced Rs 2 lakh as compensation for the family of each victim. Meanwhile, angry locals vandalised a hooch manufacturing unit in protest. Mamata on Wednesday said she was in favour of taking strong action to stop sale of illegal liquor besides dealing with the problem socially. "I want to take strong action against those manufacturing and selling illegal liquor," she said. "But this is a social problem also and this has to be dealt with socially also along with action," she said in an interview to a Bengali news channel.