At least 50 people have died in northeastern India after drinking toxic bootleg liquor, according to local authorities.
The victims were mostly tea plantation workers in the Golaghat and Jorhat districts of Assam state, which lie hundreds of kilometres from the state's financial capital, Guwahati, local police officer Julie Sonowal told the Associated Press news agency on Friday.
According to Sonowal, another 50 people have fallen ill after consuming the liquor, which was laced with methyl alcohol, a chemical that attacks the central nervous system.
The owner of a brewing unit has been arrested, along with four others, the AP reported.
Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol, known locally as hooch or country liquor, are common in India as licensed brands are unaffordable for many of the country's lowest-paid workers.