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Bootleg Liquor Kills Ten, Dozens Rushed to Hospital

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Ten people have died and dozens were hospitalised after allegedly drinking oplosan, or bootleg liquor, over the weekend.

The first case happened in East Jakarta, where six people out of a group of 11 were rushed to Pondok Kopi Hospital, Duren Sawit Hospital and a community health center in Duren Sawit after reportedly drinking bootleg ginseng liquor on Sunday, April 1.

“Six of them died,” East Jakarta Police criminal investigation head Sr. Adj. Comr. Sapta Maulan said as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com on Tuesday.

In a separate incident, three were rushed to Persahabatan Hospital in East Jakarta on Monday after reportedly vomiting before falling unconscious.

“They allegedly consumed bootleg liquor after attending a party in Cipinang Besar Utara, Jatinegara, on Saturday. So far, their conditions have improved,” Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Meanwhile, four died after allegedly drinking bootleg liquor in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, on Sunday night, while fourteen others are being treated at Tugu Ibu Hospital, tempo.co reported Tuesday.

“We are looking into the case by examining the liquor in a laboratory and carrying out an autopsy on one of the victims,” South Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Indra Jafar said.

Source: The Jakarta Post

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