In the northern Indian state of Punjab, dozens of people have died from poisoning with black-branded alcohol. Authorities and media reported over 80 deaths in the Gurdasur, Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts on Saturday. According to the Indian news agency PTI, 25 people were arrested.
It has been suspected that more deaths related to illegal alcohol have occurred in recent days. However, this could not be officially confirmed because the bodies had been cremated without examination. The Prime Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh, announced a special investigation.
As of Friday, the authorities in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh announced that nine people had died after consuming alcoholic disinfectants. They drank the disinfectant as a substitute for alcohol, the sale of which was severely restricted in connection with measures to limit the corona pandemic.
In India, hundreds of people die each year from illegal alcohol, which is produced in black distilleries and sold on the street for around ten rupees (eleven cents) per liter.