Bootleg alcohol kills dozens in weeks

INDONESIA: Bootleg alcohol kills dozens in weeks

INDONESIA: Bootleg alcohol kills dozens in weeks

The other 31 dead are from the metropolitan area of the provincial capital Bandung and started being hospitalised at the beginning of the month, according to Jakarta police spokesperson Argo Yuwono, also present at the press conference.

At least 45 people have died and dozens more are being treated in hospitals in Indonesia after drinking illegally produced alcohol. "We must trace it to the roots, who the masterminds are and the distributors".

Police displayed huge quantities of confiscated alcohol at a news conference, some of it in small clear plastic bags.

He said production of illegal alcohol must be eradicated completely with a "scorched earth" campaign.

The Kompas newspaper said there were 32 deaths a year ago from drinking bootleg liquor.

The police finds out the degree of involvement of each of the offenders to the incident.

"The current incidence of rampant bootleg alcohol is because there is a need to drink but the product is not available in the legal market", he said. They had also earlier said it could be mixed with insect repellents.

Jakarta police say seven people have been arrested for selling the alcohol, which contains methanol, a colorless, inflammable and toxic chemical compound used as an antifreeze, a solvent and as fuel.

Family members move the body of a victim who died from drinking poisonous bootleg liquor at a hospital in Cicalengka, West Java.

But the latest cluster of fatalities is extreme, leading to speculation that a single large distributor was responsible. Gen. Syafruddin said the police force would conduct operations throughout the country to end the distribution of the toxic alcohol. "There will be no more bootleg liquor this Ramadhan", Syafruddin told journalists on Wednesday, adding that he had coordinated the policy with regional police offices.

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