<img src = "https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/02/11/india-bootleg- liquor_sq-01e747fce69ac4974d7378eef53e5b8359434fe4-s100-c15.jpg "data-original =" https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/02/11/india-bootleg-liquor_sq-01e747fce69ac4974d7378eef53e5b8359434fe4-s100.jpg "class = img lazyOnLoad "alt =" Bootleg Liquor kills 100 people in the heaviest Indian epidemic over the years, called hooch or liqueur of the country – a type of drunk that you can buy in most villages: on a counter, a glass, or in small plastic single-delivery bags, much cheaper than branded, regulated Sometimes it's a boiled or fermented beer or wine blend, sometimes spirits.
Police reported on Saturday that they tracked the latest deaths in the Gogalat and Yorkhat neighborhoods in Assam, up to batches of a local run, covered with methyl alcohol, sometimes also called methanol or alcohol. It can be used as a fuel or industrial solvent and is widespread in Indian markets. But if consumed, it attacks the central nervous system and is often lethal. Illegal alcohol is often added with other chemicals to increase its activity. Many customers can afford to buy only small amounts. Workers on plantations began to get sick and fall on Thursday. Since then, they have rushed to the local hospitals of the dozens. Symptoms include intense stomach pain, sudden blindness, vomiting and heart failure.
"I bought half a liter of wine and drank it before meals, everything was normal at first, but after a while my head started to hurt me," said one of the tea hospital staff. "Headaches grow so much that I can not eat or sleep."
An Indian newspaper released a photograph of a victim writhing in a hospital bed held by several people while the nurses administered treatment. The second picture shows a body wrapped in a blue tarpaulin placed on the grass of a house while the mourners sit around.
Local media say they arrested up to 12 people, while others were questioned. The State of Assam has opened an investigation. Investigators are trying to track lots of spirits that may have been sold on several different roadside stands or markets. Assam is famous for tea. This is the largest state of tea growing, with thousands of plantings that produce more than half of all tea coming from India. Millions of people work in the tea industry there.
Death from illegally cooked or distilled alcohol is common in India, but this month's epidemics are the deadliest for several years.