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Death toll from drinking tainted liquor climbs to 84 in India's financial capital of Mumbai

  • Family members of people who died after drinking tainted liquor wail at a slum area in Malad, in northern Mumbai, India, Friday, June 19, 2015. Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor. Illicit liquor is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase its potency. (AP Photo)

    Family members of people who died after drinking tainted liquor wail at a slum area in Malad, in northern Mumbai, India, Friday, June 19, 2015. Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor. Illicit liquor is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase its potency. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Indian woman cries over the death of her family member who died after drinking tainted liquor at his funeral in Mumbai, India, Saturday, June 20, 2015. The death toll from drinking tainted liquor in a Mumbai slum climbed to more than 80 in the worst incident of its kind in more than a decade, police said Saturday.(AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

    An Indian woman cries over the death of her family member who died after drinking tainted liquor at his funeral in Mumbai, India, Saturday, June 20, 2015. The death toll from drinking tainted liquor in a Mumbai slum climbed to more than 80 in the worst incident of its kind in more than a decade, police said Saturday.(AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)  (The Associated Press)

  • Family members of  Raja Ludraswami Harjan, who died after drinking tainted liquor, cry at his funeral in Mumbai, India, Saturday, June 20, 2015. The death toll from drinking tainted liquor in a Mumbai slum climbed to more than 80 in the worst incident of its kind in more than a decade, police said Saturday.(AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

    Family members of Raja Ludraswami Harjan, who died after drinking tainted liquor, cry at his funeral in Mumbai, India, Saturday, June 20, 2015. The death toll from drinking tainted liquor in a Mumbai slum climbed to more than 80 in the worst incident of its kind in more than a decade, police said Saturday.(AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)  (The Associated Press)

Police say the death toll from drinking tainted liquor in a slum in India's financial hub of Mumbai this week has climbed to 84 in the worst incident of its kind in more than a decade.

Deputy Commissioner Dhananjay Kulkarni says another 31 people were being treated in hospital after drinking the cheap liquor in Malad area in northern Mumbai on Wednesday night. They fell sick immediately.

Kulkarni said Saturday the police have arrested five people who transported and sold the tainted liquor to poor workers.

In 2004, 104 people had died after drinking spurious liquor in Mumbai's Vikhroli area.

Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor. Illicit liquor is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase its potency.