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Bootleg liquor kills at least 111 people in eastern India

In one of the worst-ever hooch tragedies in West Bengal, 111 people, mostly labourers, rickshaw-pullers and hawkers, died and over 50 were still battling for life in three hospitals after consuming spurious liquor at Mograhat in South 24 Parganas district

(TIMES OF INDIA) Calcutta - The state government on Thursday ordered a CID investigation into the hooch tragedy, while seven persons were arrested in this connection.

"111 hooch victims so far died in three hospitals', official sources said.

The killer hooch claimed over 50 lives on Thursday morning in Diamond Harbour sub-divisional hospital, MR Bangur Hospital and at National Medical college and hospital in Kolkata where all the victims were taken for treatment since Wednesday.

Most of the dead were poor labourers, rickshaw-pullers and hawkers, who fell ill after consuming the spurious liquor from several illegal joints since Tuesday night, police said.

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