New Delhi - At least 28 people have died after consuming illegally-brewed alcohol in northern India, police said Friday.
The deaths were reported in two separate areas in adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand states.
The victims had consumed the toxic alcohol late Thursday and police are working on the assumption that it may have come from the same source.
Twelve deaths were reported from two adjacent villages in Uttarakhand, a police official said. At least eight others in the villages were in serious condition.
Sixteen deaths were reported from a cluster of villages in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, police official Vidyasagar Mishra said, adding that several people were being treated in hospital and some were in critical condition.