December 16th, 2011
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Police have arrested 10 suspects in the sale of toxic, illegally brewed liquor that has left at least 168 people dead in the Indian state of West Bengal, an official said Friday.

Hundreds were sickened from the contaminated moonshine and 100 people remain hospitalized, said Narayan Swamy Nigam, chief of a district south of the city of Kolkata in eastern India.

Methanol was detected in the bodies of the victims, mainly poor villagers who flooded hospitals after drinking the hooch.

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  1. JD

    Definately not Gentleman Jack!

    December 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm |

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO......

    December 23, 2011 at 4:14 am |
  3. ITS A SCIENCE is an idiot

    Menthol? Did it give the hooch a clean, fresh taste? How about methanol?

    December 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • JShizzy

      It says methanol, idiot.

      December 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  4. Idiot

    Its methanol, and it is created first when distilling. When distilling ethanol, the first few percent of distillate has to be discarded because it is methanol and is toxic, causing blindness or death.

    December 21, 2011 at 9:58 am |

    i gather the contaminated moonshine didnt go through the correct process isnt that how MENTHOL was still evident or not please educate me

    December 18, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • DaMeglet

      Um, read the article again. It was either a typo that was quickly corrected or you simply didn't pay attention the first time around... Try sounding out the words if you're a bit slow; sometimes that helps...

      December 25, 2011 at 10:02 am |
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