AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — Officials say at least 28 people have died and another 60 have fallen sick from drinking spiked liquor in western India.
The deaths occurred in Gujarat state, where making, selling and consuming liquor is banned.
Illicit liquor is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase potency, and deaths are common.
Police have detained several suspected bootleggers, but the chemical added to the liquor wasn’t yet known.
Illicit liquor has become a hugely profitable industry across India, where bootleggers pay no taxes while selling enormous quantities of their product.
In 2020, at least 120 people died after drinking tainted liquor in Punjab state.