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24 die after consuming toxic alcohol in Toba Tek Singh

By Web Desk
December 27, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Twenty-four people, mostly Christians, were killed and dozens more sickened after consuming toxic liquor on Christmas Eve in Toba Tek Singh, police said Tuesday.

"According to latest information, 24 people including 22 Christians and two Muslims were killed after consuming the toxic liquor brewed by the residents in Mubarakabad Basti on Christmas Eve", local police official Imran Atif told AFP.

He added at least 60 people were taken ill.

Meanwhile, authorities have formed an inquiry committee under DSP Atif Imran to probe the matter.

While wealthy Pakistanis buy bootlegged foreign alcohol at heavily inflated prices, the poor often resort to home-brews that can contain methanol, commonly used in anti-freeze and fuel.

Eleven Christians died in October after consuming toxic liquor at a party in Punjab province.

In October 2014 at least 29 drinkers were killed after consuming methanol-tainted liquor over the Eid public holidays.