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Bootleg liquor death toll rises to 60 in West Java

  • Arya Dipa
    Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung, West Java | Fri, April 13, 2018 | 03:55 pm
Bootleg liquor death toll rises to 60 in West Java Under investigation: West Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Agung Budi Maryoto (left) inspects a house suspected to be the production site of bootleg liquor on Jl. Raya Bypass in Cicalengka, Bandung regency, West Java, on Thursday. (JP/Arya Dipa)

The number of people killed by bootleg liquor in West Java over the past week has risen to 60, according to West Java Police data.

The last victims reported to have died after consuming tainted beverages are two teenagers, who died at Cicalengka Regional General Hospital (RSUD) in Bandung regency.

N, 15, an eighth-grader at a junior high school in Cicalengka, passed away while receiving treatment at the hospital on Thursday evening.

“On Sunday, he drank a ginseng drink with my son,” said N’s relative, Marlina, at RSUD Cicalengka. After consuming the purple-colored liquor, N and his three friends did not return home. Instead, they made themselves bootleg liquor – called oplosan in Indonesia – by mixing pure alcohol with energy drinks and cough syrup.

“Their condition worsened, so they were brought to hospital,” said Marlina.

Sampling: Crime scene investigators from the Bandung Police check bottles found on Thursday in a house suspected to be a production site of bootleg liquor in Bandung regency of West Java.Sampling: Crime scene investigators from the Bandung Police check bottles found on Thursday in a house suspected to be a production site of bootleg liquor in Bandung regency of West Java. (JP /Arya Dipa)

Thirty-three of the 60 people killed died while undergoing treatment at RSUD Cicalengka. Another six died at Majalaya Hospital and four others at AMC Cileunyi Hospital. Authorities in Bandung city and Sukabumi regency each reported seven fatalities, while two people died from oplosan in Cianjur regency and another in Ciamis regency.

West Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Budi Maryoto said on Friday that all the bootleg liquor consumed in Bandung city and regency stemmed from one factory, located on Jl. Raya Bypass Cicalengka.

“Every day, it can produce 10 boxes [of bootleg liquor], each containing 24 bottles with a volume capacity of 600 milliliters,” said Agung, adding that the beverages contained methanol. (ebf)

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