Tainted alcohol in India kills dozens, spurring authorities to conduct over 100 raids

Tainted alcohol in India kills dozens, spurring authorities to conduct over 100 raids

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Authorities in northern India carried out over 100 raids on Saturday after dozens have died in recent days due to tainted alcohol, according to officials.

Over the past three days, another 48 deaths were reported in Amritsar and two other districts, Tarn Taran and Batala, Officer Roshan Lal told The Associated Press. While police put the death toll at 69, local media reported the number stood at 86.

Punjab Police recover illicit liquor lahaan at Baghora village near Ghanour Town, on August 1, 2020 in Patiala, India. (Photo by Bharat Bhushan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Gupta said Saturday that police have conducted more than 100 raids across three districts in the wake of the deaths, arresting at least 25 people so far.

More than 80 people have died and others have been sickened in recent days after drinking toxic bootleg alcohol in the Indian state of Punjab, officials and reports said Saturday. (Photo by NARINDER NANU/AFP via Getty Images)

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