One of the main suppliers of a toxic alcoholic brew that killed 102 people and sickened 40 others in the slums of Mumbai has been arrested.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Dhananjay Kulkarni identified the primary bootlegger as Mansur Latif Shaikh, according to a One India report.

"The government has ordered a probe under the Chief Secretary to enquire into the deaths caused in the unfortunate Malwani hooch tragedy and submit the report within three months," a government spokesman said.

The government is also considering harsher laws to deal with illegal booze sellers.


Dozens of others are also now in trouble, reports ZeeNews: Eight cops and four other tax investigators have been suspended for suspected negligence, and 20 others are in custody, including two women bootleggersand street runners.

"More than 150 have consumed this alcohol. The death toll may rise," said Kulkarni.

Homemade liquor, often using poisonous industrial methanol, is popular among the poor in India because it is cheap, Reuters reports.

More than 140 people were killed in West Bengal in 2011 from drinking homemade liquor.

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