Death toll from tainted liquor in Mumbai reaches 94

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Death toll from tainted liquor in Mumbai reaches 94
Family members of Raja Ludraswami Harjan, who died after drinking tainted liquor, cry at his funeral in Mumbai, India, Saturday, June 20, 2015. The death toll from drinking tainted liquor in a Mumbai slum climbed to more than 80 in the worst incident of its kind in more than a decade, police said Saturday.(AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
A man waits for the body of his brother, one among the dozens who died after drinking tainted liquor, at a morgue in Mumbai, India, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor. Illicit liquor is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase its potency. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
People attend the funeral of Lata Jadhav, one among the dozens who died after drinking tainted liquor, in Mumbai, India, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor. Illicit liquor is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase its potency. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Indian family members carry the body of a victim of toxic home-made liquor consumption, during heavy rains in Mumbai on June 20, 2015. The death toll from India's latest incident of mass alcohol poisoning following the consumption of toxic homemade liquor rose to 74 on June 20, Mumbai police said. AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian woman breaks down as she sees the dead body of her family member, a victim of toxic home-made liquor consumption, in Mumbai on June 20, 2015. The death toll from India's latest incident of mass alcohol poisoning following the consumption of toxic homemade liquor rose to 74 on June 20, Mumbai police said. AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of Lata Jadhav, one among the dozens who died after drinking tainted liquor, cry during her funeral in Mumbai, India, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor. Illicit liquor is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase its potency. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Relatives of Lata Jadhav, one among the dozens who died after drinking tainted liquor, cry during her funeral in Mumbai, India, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor. Illicit liquor is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase its potency. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Family members of Raja Ludraswami Harjan, who died after drinking tainted liquor, cry at his funeral in Mumbai, India, Saturday, June 20, 2015. The death toll from drinking tainted liquor in a Mumbai slum climbed to more than 80 in the worst incident of its kind in more than a decade, police said Saturday.(AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
An Indian woman (C) cries next to the body of a victim of toxic home-made liquor consumption, in Mumbai on June 20, 2015. The death toll from India's latest incident of mass alcohol poisoning following the consumption of toxic homemade liquor rose to 74 on June 20, Mumbai police said. AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
Family members of people who died after drinking tainted liquor wail at a slum area in Malad, in northern Mumbai, India, Friday, June 19, 2015. Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor. Illicit liquor is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase its potency. (AP Photo)
Indian children break down near the dead body of their family member, a victim of toxic home-made liquor consumption, in Mumbai on June 20, 2015. The death toll from India's latest incident of mass alcohol poisoning following the consumption of toxic homemade liquor rose to 74 on June 20, Mumbai police said. AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian woman breaks down as she sees the dead body of her family member, a victim of toxic home-made liquor consumption, in Mumbai on June 20, 2015. The death toll from India's latest incident of mass alcohol poisoning following the consumption of toxic homemade liquor rose to 74 on June 20, Mumbai police said. AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian woman cries over the death of her family member who died after drinking tainted liquor at his funeral in Mumbai, India, Saturday, June 20, 2015. The death toll from drinking tainted liquor in a Mumbai slum climbed to more than 80 in the worst incident of its kind in more than a decade, police said Saturday.(AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
An Indian woman (C), who lost her husband to the consumption of toxic home-made liquor, holds her child as she sits in her house in Mumbai on June 20, 2015. The death toll from India's latest incident of mass alcohol poisoning following the consumption of toxic homemade liquor rose to 74 on June 20, Mumbai police said. AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian woman (C) cries over the body of a victim of toxic home-made liquor consumption, in Mumbai on June 20, 2015. The death toll from India's latest incident of mass alcohol poisoning following the consumption of toxic homemade liquor rose to 74 on June 20, Mumbai police said. AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian women mourn around the bodies of two men, who died after consuming a bad batch of bootleg liquor in Datli village, about 30 kilometers (almost 20 miles) southwest of Lucknow, India, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. More than 25 people were killed and at least 160 others hospitalized, officials said Tuesday. Many of the victims were among more than 200 people who had gathered to watch a cricket match Sunday evening in the village. (AP Photo/Sanjay Sonkar)
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MUMBAI, India (AP) — Ten more people died in Mumbai from drinking tainted liquor, raising the death toll to 94 in the worst such incident in India in more than a decade, police said Sunday.

The 10 men died late Saturday, three days after drinking the cheap liquor in Malvani, in Mumbai's Malad suburb. Around 40 others were being treated in hospitals, including 15 in critical condition.

Eight officers and constables of the Malwani police station have been suspended on charges of connivance and negligence, said Deputy Commissioner Dhananjay Kulkarni. No further details were given.

Devendra Fadnavis, the top elected official of Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, has ordered an inquiry into the cause of the deaths. Police have collected samples of the spurious liquor and have sent them for analysis.

Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor. Illicit liquor is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase its potency.

In 2004, 104 people had died after drinking spurious liquor in Mumbai's Vikhroli area.

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