A sudden spurt in the number of dead bodies coming to a cremation ground created panic, forcing police to swing into action.
Sonipat city, about 45km from New Delhi, India’s capital, more than 20 deaths were reported in two days, all after consuming liquor bought from the same shop.
The deaths created a panic in the area.
Police faced a problem in their probe as a few of the victims had already been cremated and post-mortems could not be conducted.
“Around 20 people have died in the last three days… the families of the deceased have cremated them. However, police have sent four bodies for postmortem,” Sonipat Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Virender Singh told news agency PTI.
The police conducted raids at all liquor shops in the area.