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Two residents of ATR tribal settlement receive treatment in Coimbatore for drinking alcohol

Two men from a tribal settlement in Anamalai Tiger Reserve near Udumalpet were admitted to a private hospital in Coimbatore on Saturday after they developed diarrhea after allegedly consuming tainted liquor. There have been rumors that five people have died from drinking fake wine.

The Tirupur Rural Police in a statement sought to clear up the rumours, saying no such incident took place. “Disinformation is being spread,” the statement said, urging the public not to believe it.

Police sources said no trace of methanol was found in the blood of Mahendran (40) and Ravichandran (55) of Manjanaickanur village, the latter a local BJP functionary who drank alcohol on Friday morning. They were admitted to the Government Hospital in Pollachi.

However, police said water samples taken from a water tank owned by a local agency showed the pair mixed with alcohol, which contained traces of mosquito repellent. It is understood that local agencies have used repellents to curb the mosquito menace.

Five other villagers were ruled out as infected: Senthilkumar (30), Ramakrishnan (40), Muthukumar (55), Lakshmanan and Senthilkumar (48), with whom the two had been drinking on Thursday.

As there was no progress in their health condition at Pollachi GH, Ravichandran was admitted to Kovai Medical Center Hospital while Mahendran was admitted to Ramakrishna Hospital in Coimbatore.

Police sources said they were receiving treatment in the intensive care unit but were out of danger.

Although ruling out the possibility of illegal liquor in the tribal settlement, the Tirupur Rural Police conducted a massive search operation and deployed a large number of personnel in the reserve forest area of ​​Udumalpet division.

Against the backdrop of the Kallakurichi Hooch tragedy, social media was abuzz with netizens who feared that the police, under pressure from the state government, had covered up the issue as the parliamentary session was ongoing.

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