"Salap Rasa" toll mounts to four

"Salap Rasa" is a type of brew collected by tribals in clay pot atop a tree.

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2011, 13:14 PM IST

Rayagada (Odisha): The toll due to
consumption of "Salap Rasa", a local brew, in Odisha`s
Rayagada district rose to four with three more persons
losing their lives while they were being shifted to a
Berhampur hospital, police said.

The victims, tribals from Gandamali and Badakhilapadar
villages, had consumed the local brew on Saturday, police
said.

They had shown symptoms of dizziness, loose motion
and vomiting after consuming the brew, hospital sources said.

One Patnana Lamta (26) of Gandamani village died on
way to the hospital yesterday, while three others of
Badakhilapadar identified as Lacha Piribaka (30), Ramchandra
Achari (40) and Purnachandra Kondagiri (40) breathed their
last while being shifted to the MKCG Medical College Hospital
at Berhampur last night, the police said.

Five other persons were being treated at the district
headquarter hospital, hospital sources said.

DIG police Soumendra Priyadarshi who visited the
spot along with district collector and district superintendent
of police today, said the victims had got the brew from nearby
Ghatnali village.

They spoke to Sadananda Hikakka and Rajendra Kondagiri
of Badakhilapadar village, who had also consumed the brew, and
came to know that the brew had probably turned toxic after
they drank it.

"It`s a general practice among tribals to drink the
available brew. However, when they eat heavily or remain in
empty stomach after drinking the brew, they often fall ill",
the DIG said.

"Salap Rasa" is a type of brew collected by tribals
in clay pot atop a tree. They usually mix some herbs or
tablets made of herbs on the pot before the juice is
collected to make it strong.

Asked whether the victims had consumed country liquor,
the DIG said, "Liquor is not available in the area as women
are against its sale. They had organised a "Yagna" last month
and taken a vow not to allow sale of country liquor."

However, a lot would be known after post-mortem and
inquiry into the incident, Priyadarshi said.

Meanwhile, police had registered case under excise law
against unknown persons. "Probe is on and we will nab the
culprits soon", the police said.

PTI