HYDERABAD - At least eighteen people died after consuming toxic liquor in the last four days as two more people died of the same reason here on Thursday.

According to reports, the two men died after consuming poisonous liquor in the limits of Paniari Police Station.

On Wednesday, four people were reported dead in the city. Reports also said that such incidents surface in the city in the days of Eid and other celebrations. People have however expressed their strong resentment over the sale of toxic liquor and accused the police for not taking action against those selling poison in the city. It may be noted here that police had recently launched a crackdown against liquor dens and claimed to have arrested 70 dealers, but alcohol-related deaths have so far not been contained. The authorities concerned have been in a slumber-like situation as similar incidents have repeatedly taken place across the province including Karachi.   In August last year, about eleven people died after consuming toxic liquor in two separate incidents in Mehmoodabad and Landhi areas of Karachi.

According to hospital staff and police, 10 persons fell ill and died in Azam Basti, Mehmoodabad after they consumed homemade liquor. Yet another person died in Landhi. The deceased included Raza, Victor Ayub, Asif, his brother Siddiq, Liaquat, Bashir, Shehzad and Johnson Masih. All of the victims belonged to the Christian community. According to Mehmoodabad Police, two persons were taken into custody in connection with the incident.

The Sindh Minister for Excise and Taxation had taken serious notice of death of 3 men who died in Mehmoodabad due to consuming poisonous liquor and ordered the Director Excise Karachi to conduct the inquiry of the incident and submit his report within two days. But the notice proved to be a matter of routine as it gave no output. Similarly, at least six people had died after consuming poisonous liquor in Badin and Tando Allahyar districts in August 2012. The bootlegged liquor killed four people in Kario Ghanwar town situated Badin district.

The ages of the victims in Kario Ghanwar was reported between 30-50. At least six other people were in critical condition who were shifted to different hospitals for treatment. Two more men aged between 20-35 were killed by the toxic consumption in neighbouring Tando Allahyar district.