Man dies, 14 others hospitalised after drinking liquor
Berhampur: A man died and 14 others fell ill after drinking "spurious" liquor at a wedding in a village in Odisha's Ganjam district, police said on Friday.
The people, who drank the liquor at a marriage yesterday in Nua Golabandh village, started vomiting and were rushed to hospital, where one of them identified as B Murtullu died en route, they said.
Of the other 14 victims, nine were admitted to the MKCG Medical College and Hospital and the rest to a private nursing home here, they said.
Ganjam district collector Krishan Kumar and Superintendent of Police (Berhampur) Prateek Mohanty went to make inquiries at the village on Friday.
"I have asked the excise and police to inquire into the matter. I have also asked the chief medical officer to check the health of villagers," the collector said.
"We are yet to ascertain whether the death of the man was due to spurious liquor. It can be confirmed after getting the medical report," Kumar said.
Superintendent of the medical college, A K Behra said the condition of those admitted was stable.
"We have collected samples and sent them for laboratory tests. The report is awaited," Behera said.
At least, a dozen people had died at the same village in 2005 after consuming spurious liquor.
It was preceded by a similar tragedy in Humma-Rambha area, in which around 30 people had died.