Bootleg Liquor Kills More Than 100 in India
At least 116 people are dead and 16 more in critical condition in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand after consuming hooch. Worst hit was the city of Saharanpur, where police have reportedly arrested 30 suspected dealers. Meanwhile, U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced local officials would pay nearly $3,000 to relatives of the deceased, and around $700 to those undergoing treatment.
Is there political fallout? Amid cries of corruption, local leaders blame the governing Bharatiya Janata Party for failing to crack down — while Adityanath, a BJP member, suggested a “conspiracy” by the Samajwadi Party.