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Death Toll from Indian Bootlegging Tragedy Rises to 171


iStockphot​o/Thinksto​ck(KOLKATA) -- The death toll from a bootleg alcohol tragedy rose to 171 on Friday, according to The Times of India.

The moonshine responsible for poisoning over 260 people in West Bengal is thought to have been tainted with ethanol. Most of the victims are believed to have been impoverished laborers and farmers.

Officials have arrested people in Sangrampur, a small village in West Bengal, although the principal bootleggers remain at large.

The incident has been called the worst tragedy of its kind in West Bengal's history.

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