New Delhi: At least 21 people have died and dozens are hospitalized after consuming country-made liquor in the Etah district of Uttar Pradesh.
Many people also lost their eyesight due to the reaction after consuming the liquor on Friday night, the police said.
The victims had consumed the hooch on Friday night when they had gathered for a get-together in the Johari Darwaza area in Aliganj. Minutes after consuming the illicit liquor, they soon started vomiting. Some also complained of nausea and blurred vision.
They were rushed to a nearby hospital where five of them were declared dead.
The five deceased were identified as Ram Avatar (59), Ateeq (35), Ramesh (38), Sarvesh (25) and Netrapal (35). Some of those who have lost their vision due to the spurious alcohol have been identified as Naresh, Vijay, Sarvesh, Kallu and Arvind according to IANS.
By Sunday morning, the death toll was revised to 17 and later 21, according to a report by Zee news.
Angry at the development, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday suspended the SDM, district excise officer, circle officer and the station house officer of the area and ordered an enquiry into the matter.