41 Die After Drinking Hooch In Haridwar

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Haridwar: Forty one people died in two adjoining districts allegedly after drinking spurious liquor at a village in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar district, officials said Friday.

The victims had consumed the liquor Thursday evening at the `tehravin’ – the 13th day of mourning to mark a death, officials said.

Sixteen of the victims died in Uttarakhand’s Balupur village itself.

Eighteen more deaths took place in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district, which adjoins Uttarakhand, as the people who had attended the mourning ritual returned home.

Some of them had carried the liquor home, an official said.

In an unrelated incident in eastern UP’s Kushinagar district, eight other people have died over the last three days, allegedly after drinking spurious liquor.