Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited hospitals in Jorhat and Golaghat districts where over 200 people who also consumed the spurious liquor are being treated.
In the Jorhat incident, 12 people were taken ill after consuming spurious liquor, of whom seven died at the local hospital.
"Doctors from nearby districts and other medical colleges have been rushed in to deal with the crisis", said Sarma, after visiting patients at Jorhat, located some 300 kilometers east of the state's financial hub, Guwahati. The victims of one of the most deadly bootleg liquor-related incidents ever in India were mostly tea plantation workers, government official Julie Sonowal said.
Some media reports, citing anonymous sources, said that more than 100 people had died and the exact number was still being verified by authorities.
The other tea garden workers of Halmira Tea Estate brought the liquor from his house.
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"The people came to the hospital with severe vomiting, extreme chest pain and breathlessness", doctor Ratul Bordoloi, joint director of Golaghat's health department, told AFP.
Assam Excise Minister Parimal Suklabaidya has ordered Additional Excise Commissioner Sanjib Medhi to conduct an inquiry and submit a report within three days, according to All India Radio. Initially, everything was normal, but after some time my head started hurting.
While a preliminary investigation indicates that the deaths were triggered by consumption of hooch, post-mortems of the deceased are yet to be conducted.
The deaths come less than two weeks after more than 100 people died in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand from drinking illegally produced alcohol, known locally as hooch or country liquor.
"The state government has suspended two excise officials after holding them responsible for the tragedy".