Deadly bootleg liquor kills at least 17 villagers in northern India; 122 others hospitalized

Officials say a bad batch of bootleg liquor killed at least 17 people and sent another 122 to the hospital in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Most of the victims had been among more than 200 people who had gathered to watch a cricket match Sunday evening in a village on the outskirts of the state capital of Lucknow.

While officials said 17 people had died, unconfirmed reports early Tuesday put the death toll at 22. Government official Anil Garg said 14 of those hospitalized were in serious condition, and some had lost their eyesight.

District official R.K. Pandey said police arrested the shop owner who sold the 200-milliliter pouches of alcohol for about 30 cents each.