02 Jan '12, 11am

Toxic home-brewed alcohol kills 17 in southern India

HYDERABAD, India (AFP) - At least 17 people have died from drinking toxic home-brewed alcohol in southern India, an official said on Monday, just weeks after a similar incident claimed 170 lives. Fifteen people died in tribal villages of Andhra Pradesh state over the New Year weekend and two more died on Monday, an official from the excise ministry in the state capital Hyderabad told AFP. 'All of the victims were basically labourers. Three women are also among the dead,' he said, declining to be named. The latest deaths came less than a month after 170 people died from consuming similar poisonous alcoholic drinks in the eastern state of West Bengal.

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