Indian police arrest main suspect of toxic deaths

Suspected supplier of deadly liquor arrested by Indian police in Delhi

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Police have arrested a 26-year-old suspect during a raid in northwestern New Delhi for supplying the toxic alcohol which killed more than 100 in the western city of Mumbai, Indian police said on Tuesday.

The suspect reportedly identified as Mansoor Latif Shaikh smuggled the alcohol from neighbouring Gujarat and distributed to local sellers in Mumbai, according to police.  

Gujarat is the only state in India where alcohol is totally banned depending on Indian law.

Two women and five men have been already detained in Mumbai who got involved in the incident.

"Since the last three years he has been involved in the sale and supply of spurious liquor," Veenu Bansal, Delhi deputy police commissioner, told Agence France-Presse.

Initial analysis showed that liquor additionally included methanol which poses hazard for human health. Certain level of the methanol inside of the liquor will be known just after the results of the investigation.

“Bootleggers mix methanol in the country-made liquor to increase its potency,” an anonymous police official told the local Indian Express newspaper.

Toxic alcohol deaths are seen commonly in India as a result of tending to drink cheap bootleg liquor. In January more than 29 people were killed due to cheap liquor related incident in Uttar Pradesh State.

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