At least 13 people died and a number of others became ill sick after drinking adulterated locally-made liquor in Bangladesh's north-eastern Sylhet district, police said Saturday, reportef DPA.
Six people died at Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital and the other seven died in their village homes after they had consumed the home-made liquor Thursday night in Golabazar, 265 kilometres north- east of capital Dhaka, said a police officer.
As many as 17 villagers aged between 28 and 50 took the local liquor and immediately fell sick, said police officer Nirmalendu Chakravarti.
"It is presumed they have taken low quality alcohol since an anti- drug police operation was on over the last few days in the district," the police officer said.
Drinking alcohol without official permission is prohibited in Bangladesh, a country with a majoriy Muslim population.