INTRODUCTION: In India, the death toll in one of the world's worst illicit liquor tragedies has risen to 245, with more victims of the killer-brew dying in the Indian city of Bangalore.
1. GV EXTERIORS Bowring Hospital/Victoria Hospital, people outside 0.06
2. GV & CU People waiting outside 0.13
3. SVC INTERIOR People lying ill on floor, others watch, man writhes on floor, man in hospital bed (4 shots) 0.26
4. SVs Corpse on floor being covered with sheet 0.36
5. SV MAN on bench PAN UP TO intravenous drip, man on floor (2 shots) 0.45
6. SV Doctors tending people 0.48
7. SV Nurses sterilising instruments 0.51
8. SV EXTERIOR Man being wheeled on trolley 0.55
9. CU Grieving woman, people outside hospital (2 shots) 1.06
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Background: BANGALORE, INDIA
INTRODUCTION: In India, the death toll in one of the world's worst illicit liquor tragedies has risen to 245, with more victims of the killer-brew dying in the Indian city of Bangalore. Police have arrested 60 people on charges of selling the lethal drink, believed to contain methyl-alcohol. The tragedy has also hit Mysore, about 130-kilometres (80 miles) from Bangalore, claiming 16 lives.
SYNOPSIS: The sick and dying were rushed to the Bowring and Victoria hospitals in Bangalore.
As the death toll continued to climb, friends and relatives of the victims waited for news on their condition. Most of the people who drank the deadly brew were labourers and women from the poorer parts of the city. They drank the illicit spirits on Monday afternoon (6 July) and started developing symptoms of poisoning by nightfall. One young woman, who lost her mother and three sisters, said the family drank the liquor to celebrate a wedding.
The illegal liquor sells for about a third the price of approved brands, and, each year, kills, blinds or paralyses thousands of Indians.
Authorities seem unable to stop the sale of the brew, with distilleries located in many of Bangalore's slums and nearby villages.
The Chief Minister of Karnataka State, which covers Bangalore, has ordered a judicial inquiry into the tragedy, the worst of its kind in India, and possibly the world.
Source: P.D.P. RAO