Jorhat (Assam), Apr 29: At least three persons have died and 99 others, including 25 children, are battling for their lives after consuming illicit liquor in Assam's Jorhat district, police said today.
The victims, tea garden labourers of Dholi Tea Estate, complained of stomach ache and vomiting last night after they consumed the country liquor sold illegally inside the garden, Jorhat Superintendent of Police Amanjeet Kaur said.
The victims were initially taken to a local hospital and were later referred to Jorhat Medical College Hospital (JMCH) where one person was declared brought dead while two others died during the night. [Hooch claims 12 lives in UP; 100 others fall ill, 10 serious]
The condition of the remaining 99 persons was stated to be critical and they include 25 children and 27 women, JMCH Superintendent Nilutpal Bhattacharjee said.
The police have arrested three persons so far for allegedly selling country liqour without a license inside the garden and search was on to nab some others.