Berhampur: 4 dead after drinking `toddy`

Last Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 00:04

Berhampur: At least four persons,
including a woman, died in Odisha`s Gajapati district after
allegedly consuming spurious `toddy` last night but the
district authorities suspected the cause of death to be food
poisoning.

While one of them died at the medical centre at
Mohana, three others succumbed on way to the hospital, police
sources said.

Four other persons of the same village had been
referred to the MKCG Medical College Hospital here.

The deceased were identified as Usharani Nayak (65),
Sarat Nayak (45), Kailash Mali (28) and Anadi Bagsingh (60) of
one village.

While their families claimed that they had consumed
spurious `toddy`, a brew prepared from juice of date tree,
District Collector RP Singh said an inquiry is on into the
circumstances of their death.

Separate probes had been conducted by the additional
district magistrate, police excise and health officers.

"We are also waiting for the post-mortem report to
find out the cause of the death which was suspected to be
caused by food foisoning,"" Chief District Medical Officer,
Gajapati, PK Behera said.

The exact cause of the death would be known after
getting the report of autopsy conducted at MKCG Medical
College Hospital here.

PTI

First Published: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 00:04
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