Mumbai hooch tragedy: Methanol was sold as liquor, reveals FSL report
A preliminary chemical test has revealed that the men responsible for 102 people in the Malwani area dying after drinking ‘spurious liquor,’ had been selling methanol as liquor, crime branch officers said.
The police had seized 1,200 litres of the killer brew from one of the accused, Francis D’Mello’s, Malwani godown on Sunday.
Following the seizure, the crime branch sent 22 samples of the seized liquid to the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory.
A source from FSL said they tested a few samples on an urgent basis considering the seriousness of the case. It was necessary for us to get a report to understand the course of the investigation, said a crime branch officer.
The reports of the samples were submitted to the crime branch on Wednesday, the police said.
The report contains the chemical composition of the alleged ‘spurious liquor’, but FSL sources have confirmed that it was methanol found in the samples. The samples of the victims’ urine and blood samples also had traces of methanol in it, said crime branch sources.
Crime branch officers had collected the pouches of the liquor from some of the Malwani residents who had bought it, which too, were sent to the FSL for analysis.
Methanol, which is also known as industrial alcohol, is not meant for consumption, the police said.