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July 8, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Hooch Tragedy

About 100 labourers who consumed the brew are being treated for liquor poisoning in different hospitals.

By: Editorial |
July 8, 2021 3:00:45 am
This is the front page of The Indian Express published on July 8, 1981.

At least 125 people including 35 women died in Bangalore in a liquor tragedy. About 100 labourers who consumed the brew are being treated for liquor poisoning in different hospitals. Some of them, doctors say, are in a serious condition and fear that the toll could go up to 150. Amongst the critically-ill there were a large number of women, many of whom pregnant. Most of the victims of the spurious liquor were brought to the Bowring hospital. Twenty-two were taken to the Victoria Hospital and of these 14 were pronounced dead on arrival. Survivors said illicit liquor sold in the cantonment area was responsible for the tragedy.

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