TN spurious liquor tragedy; death toll rises to 47

Chennai, June 21 (UNI) The spurious liquor tragedy at Karunapuram village in Kallakurichi district mounted to 47, on Friday, even as the Tamil Nadu government ordered a judicial probe into the incident and announced a solatium of Rs ten lakh each to the bereaved families.

Reports received here said that nearly 165 people were being hospitalised.

According to reports, the sad point was that there was almost death in every street of the village, where a pall of gloom has descended since yesterday after the locals consumed spurious liquor sold in sachets on Tuesday night and complained of committing irritation.

Several of them swooned, the reports said.

Promising stern action against those who supplied the methanol that has caused the deaths, Stalin said that so far, four people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

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