2008 Karnataka-Tamil Nadu hooch tragedy

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The 2008 Karnataka-Tamil Nadu hooch tragedy was an incident in the southern Indian states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in May 2008 in which 180 people reportedly died after consuming illicit liquor.[1][2] This incident is considered to be the worst hooch tragedy in the country since at least 2000.[3][4]

Incident[edit]

On 18 May 2008, some people from the Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural and Kolar district in the state of Karnataka and neighbouring Krishnagiri district in the state of Tamil Nadu, consumed moonshine (illicit liquor) made with camphor and tobacco. This drink contained toxic methyl alcohol,[5] which initially caused the death of 156 people. Of these, 56 were in urban Bangalore, 27 were in rural Bangalore, 32 were in Kolar, and 41 were in Krishnagiri.[2] Several people were hospitalised complaining of stomach pain and vomiting. A small number lost their eyesight. The death toll later rose to 180 as hospitalised victims died.[6] Poor people prefer illicit liquor as it is cheaper than Indian Made Foreign Liquor, which was the main reason for the incident.[7][8]

Aftermath[edit]

Police arrested 52 people for producing and supplying the poisonous liquor.[9] After the tragedy, the governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu started an awareness campaign to encourage people not to consume illicit liquor.[10] In Karnataka, the opposition party blamed the then-ruling coalition for the tragedy and stated that decision to ban arrack was the reason for the incident.[11] In Tamil Nadu, some political parties demanded reintroduction of prohibition in the state.[12] The Tamil Nadu government suspended 21 policemen for the incident.[13] Bangalore police arrested a kingpin of the illicit liquor network, but the prime supplier committed suicide.[14]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "K'taka, TN hooch toll mounts to 64 – Times of India". The Times of India. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Karnataka hooch tragedy toll mounts to 156". Zeenews.india.com. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Scores of Hooch Deaths Every Year in India". Deutsche Welle. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hooch tragedies in India". India Today. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Poison Moonshine Kills 110 of India's Poor". The New York Times. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hooch death toll rises to 180 in Karnataka". One India. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "From slow poison to instant killer". The Hindu. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Amitava Dasgupta (16 April 2011). The Science of Drinking: How Alcohol Affects Your Body and Mind. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 215–. ISBN 978-1-4422-0411-9. 
  9. ^ "Karnataka / Bangalore News : Hooch tragedy: eight more arrested". The Hindu. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Hooch toll crosses 40, Govt starts awareness campaign". The Indian Express. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Hooch tragedy triggers political blame game". The Hindu. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hooch tragedy exposes hollowness of prohibition policy". The Hindu. 24 May 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "TN hooch tragedy: 21 cops suspended". The Times of India. 24 June 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "City police nab hooch lord Sounder in TN". The Times of India. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013.