11 persons die after consuming sanitiser in Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district; one critical

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Police said that nine of them died on Friday morning and one person is critical and is undergoing treatment at a hospital

As many as 11 persons including daily wage workers lost their lives till Saturday after some people reportedly consumed sanitiser late on Thursday night in Kurichedu town of Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh.

Police said that nine of them died on Friday morning and one person is critical and is undergoing treatment at a hospital.

Among the dead, three of them are beggars. The incident came to notice after a beggar staying near a temple in Kurichedu town collapsed and died. Soon another beggar collapsed which the locals noticed and rushed him to a nearby government hospital.   

Around midnight, more people started collapsing and they were complaining about acute stomach ache. Ten people died on Friday morning.

The people who died are reportedly liquor addict and they had been allegedly consuming sanitiser for the past nearly one week as liquor was not available, reported The New Indian Express quoting Darsi DSP K Prakash Rao.

The police registered offence into the case probe is underway, said police.

Senior police officials including Prakasam Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal visited Kurichedu and Darsi to inquire about the incident.   

Soon after the incident, Darsi MLA Maddisetti Venugopal visited the families of the deceased and promised to extend all the assistance to them.

Kurchedu and Darsi, where the tragedy occurred, have been declared containment zones due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

The state government had hiked the liquor prices in may up to 75 percent in a bid to reduce liquor consumption in the state and move had drawn flak from various quarters.

With inputs from Agency

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