India’s Worst Toxic Liquor Poisoning in Four Years Kills 64

At least 64 people have died this week after consuming poisonous local liquor in Northern Mumbai, the Press Trust of India reported, in the biggest such incident in four years.

Police arrested five people suspected of selling the toxic alcohol, and the state government of Maharashtra ordered an inquiry, the report said. Thirty-one others are in a critical condition after the incident on Wednesday night, PTI said.

This isn’t the first time that consumption of alcohol tainted with industrial chemicals has caused deaths in India, where more than 700 million people live on less than $2 per day, leaving most people unable to afford licensed brands.

At least 150 people died after drinking illegally distilled liquor in West Bengal state in 2011, while 107 people or more died in western Gujarat state in 2009.