Two toddy addicts die in Nizamabad amid lockdown


Nizamabad: A toddy addict, who suffered from extreme withdrawal symptoms, died while undergoing treatment in Government General Hospital, while a woman, also a toddy addict consumed ‘phenyl’ as she could not get toddy also died in the Government General Hospital here on Saturday.

Police said Bhushan of Mudiraj Street in Nizamabad was suffering from withdrawal symptoms as toddy sale was closed down after Telangana declared a lockdown to contain coronavirus spread. His family members shifted him to GGH where he was being treated. He died on Friday night.

In the second incident, Shakuntala, (60) of Sainagar was reported to have consumed ‘phenyl’, a cleaning chemical as she could not toddy to consume. Her family members rushed her to the hospital where she died on Saturday evening.

Authorities say more than 30 persons suffering from toddy withdrawal symptoms are undergroing treatment in GGH in Nizambad and more than a dozen persons were admitted with similar complaints in Kamareddy government hospital.

In erstwhile Nizamabad district, sale of adulterated toddy is rampant. Unscrupulous toddy sellers mix chloral hydrate and diazepam in water to make toddy and sell to gullible public.

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