- About 60 citizens have been reported dead after drinking a locally-made alcohol in Indonesia
- The police authority in the nation has arrested about seven persons who sell the homebrew
- It said it is still in search of other peddlers of the drink
Indonesian authorities have reported that more than 60 of its citizens have been confirmed dead and dozens have been hospitalised after consuming illegal and locally-made alcohol. The authorities announced this on Monday, April 9.
The police conducted raids in cities across the world’s biggest Islamic nation to arrest vendors selling the cheap homebrew. Punch reported that Indonesians practice a liberal form of Islam and alcohol is sold in major cities.
However, high taxes cause it to be expensive, making poorly paid workers to turn to potentially dangerous homemade alcohol. In 2016, 36 people died in central Java after drinking local homebrew.
The police authority and a hospital in West Java stated that in the latest incidents the numbers of deaths, including eight in Papua, has been rising recently with the death toll put at 62 on Monday, April 9.
About seven people have been arrested for allegedly selling the bootleg alcohol, including a man in West Java who mixed mosquito repellent into his homemade concoction.
A local police chief Agung Budi Maryoto told a press conference: “He mixed (pure alcohol) with ginseng, cough medicine and mosquito repellent.” In a related case, a vendor who has been arrested admitted he had mixed pure alcohol with Coca-Cola and an energy drink. The police said they are in search of other sellers and distributors of homebrew.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had said it intercepted two trucks fully loaded with Tramadol.
The agency's director-general, Moji Adeyeye, disclosed this at the public launch of drug related health policies and guidelines in Abuja on Monday, February 5.
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