New Delhi - At least 10 people died and 35 more were hospitalized after drinking illegally brewed alcohol in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Tuesday.
The villagers, mostly poor farmers and workers, fell ill after drinking the poisonous alcohol in a hamlet in Barabanki district on Monday night.
They procured the liquor from a local vendor and some bootleggers have been arrested.
Officials said many of the victims started complaining of severe abdominal pain and vomiting soon after consuming the tainted brew.
"A total of 10 people including four people from one family have died. Seven among those hospitalized are critical and it is likely the death toll could rise," Barabanki's top official Udai Bhanu Tripathi said by phone.