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While one incident took place on Thursday night at Salmora Tea Estate in Golaghat, 300 km from here, the other incident occurred in two remote villages under Titabor sub-division of Jorhat district.

At least five people who served as the distributors of the illicit liquor died in the tragedy, according to police officials in Golaghat. The doctors, nurses and the staff of the two hospitals are giving their best for the medical care of the patients.

Another 45 people have been hospitalised and 20 are in a critical state after almost 100 people drank the liquor on Thursday, local lawmakers from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party told Reuters.

Bootleg liquor, known as hooch, is fairly common in India - especially in the more rural areas in the northeastern parts of the country - because it's much less expensive than regulated alcohol.

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, while expressing concern over the deaths, has ordered an inquiry into the tragedy on Friday.

Bootleg liquor is cheap, powerful and widely available in India, making it a popular option for those who can not afford the alcohol sold at state-licensed outlets. Methanol, a chemical used in antifreeze and wood spirits, is often found in such drinks.

"We have tried to control this", he said.

On Saturday, Parimal Suklabaidya, the state minister responsible for regulating the sale of liquor, said that authorities had attempted to tackle the menace of illegal alcohol.

To reduce the cost of regulated alcohol, politicians would have to cut the taxes charged on it. Four women collapsed and died soon after consuming the country liquor, according to The Hindu.

The Excise Department of Assam has, meanwhile, destroyed almost 15,000 litres of liquor across the state.

Homemade alcohol is typically brewed in villages before being smuggled into cities, where it sells for about 10 cents a glass - about a third the price of legally brewed liquor.

The death tolls from the two recent incidents, however, are believed to be the deadliest since a similar case killed 172 in West Bengal in 2011.


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