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Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 16 August: FIVE Adivasis, including two women, have died and eight are hospitalised, after drinking spurious country liquor at Kultali area in South 24-Pargans district in Bengal.

The incident has revived the memory of 15 December 2011 hooch tragedy in which over 180 people had died on consuming spurious liquor at Sangrampur village, Magrahat in the same South 24-Pargans district.

The latest liquor tragedy struck the Adivasi inhabited Radhavallbpur village under Kultali block late on Saturday after the villagers consumed liquor during a preceding overnight celebrations. It could not be confirmed who had organised the event or if was anyway linked to the Independence Day celebrations.

After the villagers who had consumed the spurious hooch started falling ill one after another, others from the vicinity rushed them to a government rural hospital at Nimpith, Joynagar on Saturday night.

Five of them later died at the hospital, following which, the hospital authorities referred another seriously ill five Adivasis to the M R Bangur Hospital in Kolkata. Three more are still admitted at the Nimpith rural hospital.

A team of doctors, led by the Kultali block medical officer, went to Radhavallbpur village today.

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