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Over 80 killed by alcohol poisoning in India's western city of Mumbai


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(By Bonny Apunyu)

Death toll from alcohol poisoning in India's western city of Mumbai (Bombay) has risen to 84, BBC reported Sunday quoting a police spokesman Dhananjay Kulkarni as saying it was the worst incident of its kind in the city in more than a decade.

BBC reported Dhananjay Kulkarni as saying more than 30 people are still in hospital, some in serious condition. According to reports, toxic alcohol deaths are a regular occurrence in India, where people often drink cheap bootleg liquor. Residents of the Malad slum area reportedly fell ill after drinking cheap homemade alcohol on Wednesday. Police reportedly found eight sick people after a door-to-door search for more potential victims.

BBC says five people have been arrested on charges of distributing and selling the alcohol, while eight police personnel were also reportedly suspended for suspected negligence following the incident.