NEW DELHI: The death toll from a toxic bootleg alcohol scandal in the north Indian state of Punjab rose to 100.
Police have arrested 25 people so far over the worsening tragedy, which started coming to light late last week, the Press Trust of India news agency said.
Hundreds of people die every year in India from illegal alcohol made in backstreet distilleries which sells for as little as 10 rupees (13 US cents) a litre, affordable for even the poorest.
In a separate incident, authorities in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh said on Friday that nine people had died after drinking alcohol-based sanitiser.
In 2015, more than 100 people in a Mumbai slum died after drinking illegal moonshine.