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A plumber died on Monday in Jorhat and three others fell ill after consuming a concoction of spirit and soft drinks which they had prepared and drunk as a replacement for booze on Sunday night.

With the Jorhat district administration shutting all liquor shops in the district in view of the COVID-19 threat about a fortnight ago, the four workers decided to make a beverage, which they hoped, would do the work of alcohol.

The deceased and the three other victims lived in a shanty near the Tarajan crematorium at Jorhat .

All the four were taken ill late night on Sunday and hospitalised.

The deceased, who has been identified as Sobe, a father of three children, died on Monday.

The three others have been identified as Vicky, Manoj and Jitendra.

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They are currently undergoing treatment in hospital and are stated to be in a critical condition.

It may be mentioned several people died in Golaghat and Jorhat districts after consuming spurious liquor in February 2019.

At least eight people died in Jorhat district after consuming spurious liquor.

The deceased included three women and four male. The dead and ill belonged to Gorajan Mising and Turung villages.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com