Four more persons died due to consumption of toxic liquor, taking the death toll to 24 here on Sunday.

More over around two dozen others suffered serious health issues after partygoers at two separate events consumed toxic liquor, officials said. Victims were rushed to hospitals of the city when they fell unconscious after drinking the liquor at a birthday party and another gathering. Both of the events were held in private homes. “The incidents took place in Batala colony. Five people were killed at a birthday party on Thursday and 13 others died in another get together in the same area on Friday,” senior Police officer Javed Ahmed Khan said. The public sale of alcohol is banned in Pakistan and many people prepare cheap liquor at home. Another police official said that most of the victims had died after they returned home. “Most of the people have died at homes, while a few expired in hospitals,” said SHO Abid Zafar.