At least four people died and over a dozen were poisoned after consuming toxic liquor in Allahabad (now Prayagraj) in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
The victims consumed country liquor from a government-licensed shop on Thursday night.
A government statement has asked for an investigation against those selling toxic liquor under the Gangster Act and their property to be seized, adding the property would be auctioned to provide financial help to the families of victims.
Earlier, Prayagraj District Magistrate Bhanu Chandra Goswami the exact cause of the deaths can be confirmed only after autopsies and sample reports of the liquor.
“A team of district officials reached Amilia village after receiving information about the deaths due to consumption of illicit liquor,” the official said adding that the samples of liquor have been sent for testing.
Last year, over a 100 people died in Uttar Pradesh and its neighbouring state Uttarakhand leading to the arrest of over 130 people for selling and manufacturing illegal liquor.
Since 2011, over 175 people have died in eight adulterated tragedies across Uttar Pradesh.