Hooch Kills 115 in West Bengal

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  1. Daredevil

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    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.
     
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  3. Daredevil

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    Bengal is going through a series of tragedies and human loss due to lack of regulation of several sectors. Its high tie regulation is tightened by the government t o save the lives of people.

    Also, the country liquor needs to be banned ASAP. Many people lost lives to it in India and still do.
     
  4. Bangalorean

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    ^^ Country liquor needs to be banned, but it needs to be replaced by other safer sources.

    Actually, this is a lesson for people who advocate prohibition and "banning alcohol". The more you ban alcohol, the more illegal hooch shops will come up, and the more people will die in such tragedies.
     
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    Banning them is good, But in return they should try to make better life for regular guys..
     
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    No use. If you ban country liquor,it will still be available through black market or they will be force to take alternate source of nasha. This is India man. Gujarat example is in front of you.
     
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    Tainted Alcohol Kills More Than 50 in Eastern India

    Indian authorities say more than 50 people died after drinking tainted home-made liquor in a village in the country's northeast.

    Officials said Wednesday the deaths were reported from the impoverished South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal state. They said residents bought the cheap alcohol late Tuesday and became ill within hours, complaining of stomach aches and vomiting. In addition to the fatalities, at least 135 people were sickened.

    A reporter in Kolkata told VOA that officials rushed 70 of the seriously ill victims to hospitals in the state capital. Authorities fear the death toll could rise as more and more people are turning up with symptoms of liquor poisoning.

    Villagers angered by the deaths ransacked local breweries suspected of selling the tainted liquor, while police arrested four people in connection with the case.

    Illicit brewers in India often spike their alcohol with chemicals to increase its potency and sell the cheap beverage to slum-dwellers and farmers. Alcohol poisoning kills hundreds of people in the country every year.

    In 2009, a toxic liquor incident killed at least 112 people in western India.
     
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    People running these gavathi daru bhattis usually have local politician/F&D officer's hand on their head. They bribe 50k or lakh to F&D inspector & get away without thorough checkup.

    Anyways, whoever turned blind eye to inspection will now face suspension & will have to pour sackload of money into HomeMin to get back the job.
     
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    One good thing coming out of this tragedy is the labour class in Bengal will have second thoughts about drinking illegal hooch.Nrj I think the leather chappal they use to brew the hooch or the Sodum hydroxide something went toxic
     
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    its inhuman but i want to like it!!!!

    bengal health sector is getting worse day by day or mamta is in trap by opposition or its like now under mamta the tragedies are really allowed to surface with free media around( which was not the case under red rule)
     
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    Bengal is a jungle no law,no order and no decorum under the bhadralok commies.Mamata might change Bengal for the better
     
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    very sad incident.illegal liquar shop should be banned.
    west bengal government accuse local cpm leaders for the illegal liquar shop.cpm denied that accusition and blame government for death.

    its very sad.last few days my state see huge death.
     
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    very sad incident.
    government accuse local cpm leader.cpm denied it and held government responsible
     
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    An idiotic comment. Country liquor is not banned in West Bengal. You can get licesnsed for that. What we are discussing isw not country liquor but an illegal things that dont follow any safety standard. People consume it because it is the cheapest. What do you suggest - more liquor shops? Can these men afford branded products? If they can do, there is no scarcity of legal shops- branded or country liquor (licensed). Rather ask for removal of all taxes from alcohol products and government subsidies to make them affordable to poors and allow all shops to sell in public. :D
     
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    Ghanta !

    Such incidents happened several times. It stopped for couple of months then come back again, not only in WB but everywhere in India.

    They mixed mythanol even pesticide to make it stronger. It generally lead to slow death but when the quatity is too much it leads to such incident.

    Many influncial people like local business men, traders etc invest in this business as it gives very high return. An estimate by ABP says they sell it from the Bhatti to the ditributors or the illegal retailers with 100% profit. These bhattis are managed by local goons who can keep people silent. Poors who work in these bhattis are equally affected as the consumer. Local police stations are paid monthly for allowing these to continue. Even if a raid is made the original owners are never touched. maximum they can nab some poor labour or local managers.

    Some people arguing for more license to country liquor as a substitute but the government doesnt have the capacity to ensure qualiy for country liquor either. Saddest thing is that these poor people not only waste their earning; many of them dont even earn rather prey up on women of their families to get money for it. They become incapable of any work consuming regularly and become burdens of their family members. Legal or illegal all liquors are equaly harmful for these families.

    By the way country liquor or branded liquor cant substitute these things. It is matter of realisation which is not going to happen.
     

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