5 dead, 9 hospitalised after consuming spurious liquor in Kerala's Palakkad

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Police are also not ruling out the possibility of sanitiser being mixed in liquor as one the person hospitalised said liquor tasted like soap.

 

Five people belonging to the Payattukadu tribal colony died in the last two days after consuming spurious liquor.

The deceased were identified as Raman (52), Ayyappan (55), his son Arun (22), Sivan (45), and his brother Moorthy (33).

Besides, nine people including three women have been hospitalised after they developed uneasiness.

People who are admitted to hospital are Thankamani, Rukmini, Kamalam, Sivan, Chellappan, Murugan, Shakthivel,Kumaran and Narayanan.

"Raman died on Sunday morning and according to the tribal tradition during the funeral function, others have consumed the liquor. As per our preliminary probe, all death caused due to suspected consumption of spurious liquor. We are awaiting a chemical report to find the exact cause of deaths," Walayar police, quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

Police are also not ruling out the possibility of sanitiser being mixed in liquor as one the person hospitalised said liquor tasted like soap.

Among the dead, Raman passed away on Sunday morning while Ayyappan died by evening. Others also died on Monday.

No one raised suspicion on Raman’s death as he was suffering from age-related ailments. Later his funeral took place in the afternoon. 

On that time, Sivan served alcohol, including women, who had attended the funeral. Later, Sivan's neighbour Ayyappan was found lying dead. This was also considered as a normal death as Ayyappan too suffered from various ailments. 

However, people were afraid when they discovered Sivan lying dead on Monday morning. Soon, Ayyappan's son Arun, who had consumed alcohol, experienced abdominal pain, dizziness and vomiting. Later, he breathed his last by around 9 pm on Monday night.

Police are carrying out the probe with the help of forensic experts and some empty bottles have been recovered from the premises.

More information would be available only after receiving the post-mortem report.

 

With inputs from Agency

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