Staff Reporter

SALEM: The police on Sunday arrested two bootleggers who sold the “killer” brew to villagers near Bommidi in Dharmapuri district, which claimed three lives on Saturday.

Eighteen others who consumed the illicitly brewed liquor are undergoing treatment in the Dharmapuri Government Medical College Hospital. A high-level enquiry has been ordered into the incident after the visits of Additional Directors General of Police, Prohibition Enforcement Wing and Law and Order, K.R. Shyam Sundar and K. Vijayakumar respectively to the hospital on Sunday.

Talking to media persons, Mr. Shyam Sundar said steps had been initiated to nab those who were brewing and selling illicit liquor in the district. He warned of severe action against police personnel who were found to be in connivance with arrack traders.

Mr. Vijayakumar said the Boomidi incident had no links with the hooch tragedy reported on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka last month. Three persons of the village died after consuming it and 30 others were admitted to the hospital for symptoms of vomiting and nausea. Of them, 12 persons had been discharged. The condition of one of the 18 persons being treated at the hospital was said to be serious.

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