South Asia

Tainted liquor kills at least 31 in India’s Tamil Nadu

At least 31 people have died and over 60 are still being treated in hospitals after consuming tainted liquor in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, a government spokesperson said on Thursday.

More than 100 individuals, suffering from vomiting, stomach ache, and diarrhea, have been admitted to hospitals in the Kallakurichi district, located 250 kilometers (150 miles) by road from the state capital Chennai, since Wednesday.

The state government has suspended at least 10 officials, including the district’s collector and police chief, in response to the incident, according to a statement.

Police have arrested Govindaraj, 49, for selling the illicit liquor and have seized 200 liters of the methanol-mixed alcoholic drink, the government said.

This incident follows a similar incident last year in a nearby district in Tamil Nadu, which also resulted in more than a dozen deaths.