Saturday, 21 April 2018

Indonesia: 60 dead after drinking bootleg alcohol

Indonesia1
Indonesian police remove a container filled with illegal alcohol from a house in Cicalengka district in West Java province on April 8, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

BANDUNG: Over 60 Indonesians are dead and dozens have been hospitalised from drinking illegal homemade alcohol, authorities said Monday, with the toll steadily climbing.

Police conducted raids in cities across the world’s biggest Muslim majority country to arrest vendors selling the cheap homebrew. Most Indonesians practice a moderate form of Islam and alcohol is available in big cities.

Indonesia

But high taxes make it expensive so poorly paid workers sometimes turn to potentially dangerous homemade alcohol. In 2016, 36 people died in Central Java after drinking locally-bought homebrew.

In the latest incidents, the numbers of deaths – including eight in Papua – has been rising over the past week, with the death toll standing at 62 on Monday, according to police and a hospital in West Java.

Check Also

British PM Theresa May welcomes PM Modi

Indian PM Modi meets Theresa May

British PM Theresa May welcomes PM Modi. (Photo: Reuters) LONDON: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ...

Leave a Reply