By IANS, [RxPG] Ahmedabad, July 7 - Seven people died and 18 others were taken seriously ill after they were said to have drunk suspected illicitly brewd liquor at Sagrapitha locality in Ahmedabad Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Consuming liquor is a cognizable offence in dry Gujarat.
The critically ill have been admitted to various private and municipal hospitals in the city while the bodies of those killed have been sent for post-mortem examination to the government civil hospital.
The news of people dying in Sagrapitha caused a mob frenzy here as the gathered crowds started pelting stones and damaging vehicles. The police had to lob tear gas shells to disperse the mob which demanded the arrest of the culprits who, they said, have been running a country liquor den in the locality for months. No arrests were immediately made, however.
Senior police officials denied that there were any bootleggers inside the colony. They said only investigations would ascertain any place from where the illicit liquor was being sold.
The post-mortem report, which is still not ready, will determine the exact cause of the death. The critically ill are being treated at various hospitals of the city, police said.
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