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Illegal alcohol kills 30 in India

A victim of the liquor tragedy in Saharanpur
Most of the victims are poor people

Authorities in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have suspended 13 officials after 30 people died from drinking toxic illegal alcohol.

Officials from excise department and policemen have been suspended for negligence, a press release said.

The deaths took place last week in several villages of the western district of Saharanpur.

Chief Minister Mayawati has ordered an inquiry and 34 people engaged in toxic alcohol trade have been arrested.

The BBC's Ram Dutt Tripathi in Lucknow says most of the victims are poor people and daily wage-earners who cannot afford expensive liquor sold at official outlets.

Illegally brewed alcohol is readily found across India and is popular because it is cheap and said to be stronger than legal brews.

But it is often laced with chemicals and pesticides in an attempt to boost its strength and has often caused people to die.

In July, at least 107 people died in the western Gujarat state after drinking toxic illegal alcohol.

Last year, about 150 people died from drinking tainted alcohol in the southern states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

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