102 people have died, with many more hospitalised, following the release of a batch of tainted alcohol in the village of Sangrampur, near Kolkata. The alcohol was reportedly bootleg liquor produced locally.
Four people have been arrested in connection with production of the alcohol, which is alleged to have contained high levels of methanol. Workers in the villages started to fall ill late on Tuesday after they started drinking.
While legal liquor can cost up to 60 rupees ($1.20) per litre, bootleg liquor can be a quarter of the price. However, the bootleg stuff comes with serious health dangers, as much of it is produced in unsanitary conditions by people who don’t always know what they’re doing.