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Bengal hooch tragedy toll rises to 107

Last updated on: December 15, 2011 11:33 IST

Spurious liquor claimed 50 more lives on Thursday morning in South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, taking the death toll in one of the worst hooch tragedies to 107.

Another 50 people are battling for their lives in several hospitals, including some in Kolkata after drinking the toxic brew, official sources said.

The deaths were reported from various hospitals, they said.

Most of the dead were poor labourers, rickshaw-pullers and hawkers, who fell ill after consuming spurious liquor from several illegal joints on Wednesday.

Post-mortem of all the 107 bodies has been done and the bodies handed over to the families of the victims.

The state government on Wednesday announced a compensation of Rs two lakh each to the families of the deceased.

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