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Northern India: Bootleg Liquor Kills 32 People
A batch of tainted alcohol has killed at least 32 people in northern India and left another 50 in hospital - with some of them blinded, according to police.
A shopkeeper in Adampur village in Uttar Pradesh state began selling the bootleg liquor on Thursday.
Police say patrons who bought it became sick immediately and 32 people were dead by the next day.
The shopkeeper - whose son was among those killed - was arrested by police.
Eight state government officials and four police officers have also been suspended as part of the inquiry into the deaths.
The officials are being investigated for possible negligence of duty over allowing the toxic drink to be sold.
Home-brewed liquor is common in India as many people cannot afford licenced alcohol.
It is often brewed with harmful chemicals to increase its potency.