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Don’t drink hand sanitiser: Maha excise dept

Officials stated a number of circumstances had been reported in district of alcoholics ingesting the product for a repair

It was once mere days ago on Tuesday that two males died in Jinti village of Phaltan taluka in Satara district — no longer of COVID-19, however tragically after eating hand sanitiser. For them, desperate times had referred to as for desperate measures, since consumable liquor has no longer been to be had for a number of weeks now, following the national lockdown imposed in March-end.

And, unfortunately, it has emerged that this damaging trend is standard across the state, with a large number of recurring drinkers believing that since the fluid accommodates an important share of alcohol to keep the coronavirus at bay, it's consumable for the repair they crave.

The fad is recurrent sufficient to instructed the town unit of the excise department to make a public appeal on no longer eating hand sanitiser, emphasising that that is obviously damaging to health.

Santosh Zagade, superintendent of police, state excise department, Pune, advised Mirror, “Alcohol-based hand sanitisers are supposed for hand hygiene, and are especially in call for all through the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some addicts are ingesting sanitiser in the absence of liquor.

We have won many such reports from quite a lot of parts of the district. Alcohol-based hand sanitiser comprises 70 per cent alcohol, glycerine and hydrogen peroxide — which is poisonous to devour, and specifically bad for the liver and kidney.”

He added, “Intake of hand sanitiser can cause alcohol poisoning and even dying, and nearly all of those exposed to this are youngsters below six, who drink it accidentally after discovering it at home or in a father or mother’s purse or bag. So, folks and guardians additionally want to be more cautious.”

Zagade additionally stated that they have got increased their vigil against the unlawful sale and shipping of liquor in quite a lot of parts of the town. “So a ways, we have now arrested over a dozen other folks for supplying unlawful homemade liquor amid the lockdown. We have additionally seized at least 5,000 litres of liquor fro m their ownership and destroyed it.”

Earlier this week, the dep. additionally exposed a brand new modus operandi, through which culprits were seen hiding liquor bottles in milk cans or below heaps of vegetables to carrying them in vehicles flashing the ‘crucial services and products’ tags. In every other case, the dep. additionally nabbed drinkers who borrowed a uniform from safety guards and kept roaming around looking for liquor stores.

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