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Updated: December 16, 2011 23:58 IST

Hooch tragedy death toll rises to 166

Shiv Sahay Singh
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The family members and neighbours of the victims of spurious liquor are shattered on Thursday at Sangrampur in West Bengal. The toll rose to 167. File photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury
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The family members and neighbours of the victims of spurious liquor are shattered on Thursday at Sangrampur in West Bengal. The toll rose to 167. File photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

The death toll in the spurious liquor tragedy that struck at Sangrampur and adjoining villages in the Diamond Harbour subdivision of West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district rose to 166 on Friday.

Nearly 100 others were still fighting for their lives in hospitals.

A shadow of death has descended on the area since Wednesday. Village ambulances kept ferrying the ill to the Diamond Harbour sub-divisional hospital.

Coming down from the opposite direction were rickshaw vans carrying the dead back to their homes.

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