Bengal hooch toll rises to 121

Kolkata : The death toll in Bengal’s hooch tragedy continued to rise today , it has now gone up to 121 and over 100 in hospitals, as more victims – mostly rickshawpullers, labourers and hawkers – reported sick after consuming hooch in a village in Wset Bengal .

The victims, who a day ago visited some illegal liquor dens near Sangrampur railway station in the village by the same name in South 24 Parganas district, were mostly from the poorest sections of society.

The state government has announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh each to the families of those who died.

This is one of the worst liquor tragedies in India. Earlier in 1992, over 200 people had died in Orissa after consuming spurious liquor. In 2009, a similar incident in Gujarat left 136 dead.

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