Consumption of hooch took four lives and rendered 13 sick in Rautahat district in central Nepal, Xinhua reported on Wednesday, referring to the Himalayan Times.
According to the daily, three residents died Tuesday morning after consuming hooch at Bagarjawa bazaar of Gamhariya of the district on Sunday, the Area Police Office said. One of them was also selling alcohol in the local market.
Another person died after consuming the tainted liquor, the police said. He was brought to Rautahat district hospital Tuesday evening where doctors declared him dead.
At least 13 persons fell sick after consuming the hooch, locals said. They have been taken to a regional hospital in Birgunj, some 90 km south of Kathmandu, for further treatment, the police said.
Sikendar Shah, a resident, has been held for producing spurious liquor. Shah admitted that he sold liquor after mixing locally produced alcohol with product of a distillery. The police said the tainted liquor will be sent to the capital Kathmandu for test.
Meanwhile, the police destroyed 39 illegal liquor production structures in the district on Tuesday. More than 6,000 liters of liquor was seized from locals and destroyed, the police said.