- Deputies: Man, woman tried to arrange killing of his estranged wife (5/21/17)1
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Woman may lose foot after being hit by moped (5/24/17)
- Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts in court to remove him from office (5/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Police apprehend Charleston man they say hit Cape woman with car (5/24/17)
- Illinois Trail of Tears site where Cherokee buried named to National Historic Register (5/24/17)
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
Homemade liquor kills 27 in India
MADRAS, India -- Illegal homemade liquor laced with methanol killed at least 27 people in southern India and hospitalized 120 others, police said Friday.
It was the third mass liquor poisoning in the area since September. At least 89 people have died despite a government ban on shops selling such liquor.
In the latest incident, three people, including the liquor vendor, were arrested and three policemen were suspended from work for dereliction of duty, said M. Chidambarasamy, the deputy director-general of police. Thirty other policemen were transferred as punishment.
"All the symptoms show that the liquor seems to have been adulterated with methanol," said S. Jayaraj, the chief medical officer at the Government Hospital in Cuddalore town.
"The condition of many is still serious and the toll can go up further. We are not taking any chances," he said.
Liquor poisonings are common in India. Cheap homemade brew is mixed with methyl alcohol, which in too large a dose can cause blindness or death.