With liquor shops locked down, 10 die in India drinking sanitizer

  • With liquor shops locked down, 10 die in India drinking sanitizer

With liquor shops locked down, 10 die in India drinking sanitizer

Nine people have died in India in the last two days from drinking alcohol-based hand sanitizer after liquor shops in their town were closed due to coronavirus restrictions, police said Friday.

District police chief Siddharth Kaushal said the people who died had mixed the sanitiser with water and soft drinks.

Kurichedu is now under lockdown due to spurt in coronavirus cases and as such the liquor vends are also shut for the past few days.

While 11 persons, including two beggars, died at Kurichedu, three others reportedly died after consuming it at Pamur, in the last 24 hours.

Some tipplers, a lot of them labourers, initially tried sanitiser mixed with soft drink or water.

While one of them was found dead at the spot, another died in the government hospital in Darsi town, police said.

The group turned to hand sanitizer "as a substitute" for liquor after supplies were cut off when authorities ordered a lockdown of the town to combat the coronavirus, he added.

They were alcohol-dependent, he added, and had started drinking the mixture about 10 days before they died. A third person was also taken to the Darsi hospital late on Thursday night after he fainted, but was declared brought dead. The deceased included a farmer.

Family members of the victims told the police that they they began to fall unconscious hours after consuming sanitiser.

"Some people who are heavily addicted to alcohol had been consuming hand sanitisers for the high", he told Reuters news agency.

The deceased were identified as Kadiyam Ramanaiah (28), A. Srinu (29), B.Tirupatiah (35), P. Dasu (65), M. Charles (36), G. Rami Reddy (57), K. Augustine (42), Raja Reddy (65), Kangani Ramanaiah (45) and Sk.Saida (26) from Kurichedu, and Mallikarjuna Rao (36), Rosaiah (41) and Sk. Khadarbee (31) from Pamur.